Title

State political identity and meta-governance: Comparative analysis of governance modes in vegetable retail in urban China

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2015

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Meta-governance, Political identity, Comparative analysis of governance modes, Urban food retail, Archival research and interview, China

Discipline

Agribusiness | Asian Studies | Politics and Social Change

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

378

Last Page

392

ISSN

1387-6988

Identifier

10.1080/13876988.2015.1020630

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles / Springer Verlag (Germany)

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2015.1020630

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