State political identity and meta-governance: Comparative analysis of governance modes in vegetable retail in urban China
A government's political identity is a key factor in meta-governance; it powerfully shapes a government's policy aims and implementation preferences at the most abstract level and forms a stable governance mode. Dissonance between a pre-existing governance mode and the government's evolved political identity will lead to governance failures and pose political challenges to the government. In the case of vegetable retail in Shanghai, the neoliberal developmental state transformed the hierarchical governance into market governance; but as it evolves into a corporatist welfare state, market imperfections come to be perceived as governance failures, and the government responds by reintroducing hierarchical measures.
Meta-governance, Political identity, Comparative analysis of governance modes, Urban food retail, Archival research and interview, China
Agribusiness | Asian Studies | Politics and Social Change
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles / Springer Verlag (Germany)
ZHANG, Qian Forrest.(2015). State political identity and meta-governance: Comparative analysis of governance modes in vegetable retail in urban China. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 17(4), 378-392.
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