Public Policy in China - Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Research Paper by Hans

A look at a public policy issue in China
# 149867 | 3,637 words | 17 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Jan 05, 2012 in Business (International) , Asian Studies (General) , Economics (General)

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This paper considers the issue of a key public policy in the context of China. Specifically the paper addresses the impact of special economic zones (SEZs) on the private sector within China. The paper considers key issues such as the definitions of SEZs, the historical background of the public policy and the impact of the public policy on both businesses operating within China and Chinese society in general. The paper includes an in-depth consideration of private enterprise in China and the economic disparities in the nation. The paper concludes by noting that Despite the success of the policy of special economic zones, one can also see that Chinese public policy still has a long way to go in promoting the interests of both private enterprise and the wider Chinese population.


1.0 Introduction
2.0 Background
3.0 Special Economic Zones
4.0 Issues of Public Policy
5.0 Recommendations and Conclusions

From the Paper:

"From a public policy perspective, China implemented the special economic zones at the start of the 1980's. Initially 14 special economic zones were set up between 1980 and 1984, mostly located in the southern costal areas of the country. China's flagship special economic zone was that of Shenzhen, a small fishing village at the start of the era and a major metropolitan and industrial city at the time this research was published (Hutchings 2001). The decision to locate special economic zones on the behalf of Chinese policy makes was chosen for a number of reasons beyond that of addressing issues within the countries economies.
"In the first instance, whilst the new government may be seen as following a general policy of converting China to a capitalist system and encouraging wider levels of integration within the globalised economy. The fact remains that China at the time of the implementation of the special economic zones was still a distinctly communist country. As such, the implementation of a limited program of integration through the special economic zones allowed progressive Chinese policy makers to present the special economic zones as an experiment, rather than a wholesale change of political systems in a single move."

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