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From Iron Fist to Invisible HandThe Uneven Path of Telecommunications Reform in China$
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Irene S. Wu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759625

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759625.001.0001

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Does Freeing the Communications Market Require Freeing Communications?

Does Freeing the Communications Market Require Freeing Communications?

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(p.135) 9 Does Freeing the Communications Market Require Freeing Communications?
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From Iron Fist to Invisible Hand
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759625.003.0009

This chapter examines telecommunications policy in China and the possible direction that it is going into for the future. It looks at the bureaucratic competition that is involved in telecommunications and its consequences for policy and determines the transformations that occur in both the economic and technological contexts. This chapter shows that pluralizing decision-making, which has been widely ignored, can actually strengthen and support the authority of the Chinese government.

Keywords:   telecommunications policy, bureaucratic competition, economic context, technological context, decision-making, authority, Chinese government

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