From “fat pigs” and “red hats” to a “new social stratum”: the changing face of enterprise development policy in China

Atherton, Andrew (2008) From “fat pigs” and “red hats” to a “new social stratum”: the changing face of enterprise development policy in China. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development , 15 (4). pp. 640-655. ISSN 1462-6004

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to explore the development and implementation of enterprise policy in
China, and the emergence of intermediaries and local strategies designed to encourage SME
development.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on interviews and workshops held with local
and national government in 2003 and 2006, and informed by reference to and analysis of the policy and
academic literature.
Findings – The dynamics and nature of local implementation of national enterprise legislation are
mapped out, indicating an interactive dynamic between central government directive, local
government adoption and response, and localised dynamics of enterprise and economic development.
This “three-way” model provides a nuanced explanation of local implementation of national enterprise
legislation.
Practical implications – The framework can be used at the municipal level to understand how
national enterprise legislation can be implemented. The framework also points to wider patterns of
local implementation of national government legislation.
Originality/value – The paper provides a detailed model of local policy implementation, using the
SME Promotion Law as a specific case of legislation.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Purpose – This paper aims to explore the development and implementation of enterprise policy in China, and the emergence of intermediaries and local strategies designed to encourage SME development. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on interviews and workshops held with local and national government in 2003 and 2006, and informed by reference to and analysis of the policy and academic literature. Findings – The dynamics and nature of local implementation of national enterprise legislation are mapped out, indicating an interactive dynamic between central government directive, local government adoption and response, and localised dynamics of enterprise and economic development. This “three-way” model provides a nuanced explanation of local implementation of national enterprise legislation. Practical implications – The framework can be used at the municipal level to understand how national enterprise legislation can be implemented. The framework also points to wider patterns of local implementation of national government legislation. Originality/value – The paper provides a detailed model of local policy implementation, using the SME Promotion Law as a specific case of legislation.
Keywords:Small to medium-sized enterprises, Entrepreneurialism, Business development, Business policy, China
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:2794
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:07 Jul 2010 13:17
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:40

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