The cotton processing industry is a distinct sector of China's
rural economy which recently underwent a momentous transition from
plan to market. China is the world's largest producer as well as
consumer of cotton, and cotton processing links the agricultural
production of this important commodity to China's booming textile
Alpermann examines the political economy of the cotton
processing industry, analyzes the process of cotton policy making
and discusses reform outcomes on a national scale and the central
state's response. He then goes on to examine the implementation of
economic transformation and institutional change in two traditional
cotton-growing regions, looking at how local governments and the
former monopolist cope with the changes brought about by
Studying the cotton industry provides a lens through which to
observe the changes in the way the state governs the economy during
China's transition and helps to assess the diverging claims about
the nature of the political economy in China. As such China's
Cotton Industry is an essential read for anyone studying Chinese
business, econmics or politics.
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