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Asset or liability? : the role of the financial system in the political economy of China's rebalancing

Vermögen oder Verpflichtung : die Bedeutung des Finanzsystems in der politischen Ökonomie Chinas
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Gruin, Julian

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Abstract "China's financial system, dominated by the banking sector, has played a central role in the development of an imbalanced trajectory of economic development and growth. As one of the primary mechanisms for implementing decisive macro-economic policy, the banking sector has hitherto served the Chinese growth strategy well in actively allocating capital towards the investment and export sectors, whilst proving capable of managing the macro-economic ramifications of this highly interventionist strategy. However, the role of the financial system in this growth strategy is also rooted in the requirement that authority over financial capital remains closely tied to state institutions and policies, due to elite concern over politico-economic instability. Based on policy analysis and qualitative interviews conducted in mid-2012, the article suggests that whilst the structure of the financial system was conducive to fostering the growth of the real economy, it will hold back not the need for rebalancing, but rather the process of rebalancing itself." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; capitalism; finance; fiscal policy; credit; assets; strategy; national state; exertion of government pressure; banking; stability; financial management; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Economic Policy; Public Finance
Method applied research; descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 73-104
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 4
Issue topic Rebalancing China's political economy
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works