Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098012452455
Title: From Hong Kong's Capitalist Fundamentals to Singapore's Authoritarian Governance: The Policy Mobility of Neo-liberalising Shenzhen, China
Authors: Zhang, J. 
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Citation: Zhang, J. (2012-10). From Hong Kong's Capitalist Fundamentals to Singapore's Authoritarian Governance: The Policy Mobility of Neo-liberalising Shenzhen, China. Urban Studies 49 (13) : 2853-2871. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098012452455
Abstract: Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been the flagship labouratory of Deng Xiaoping's reform and open-door policy and the forerunner of China's capitalist transformation. The initiation of the Shenzhen SEZ was driven by the imperative of political and economic survival along the state hierarchy and was informed by the international practices of export processing zones (EPZs). Shenzhen's capitalist fundamentals, such as the commodification of land and labour, were largely established through imitating its 'big master' Hong Kong across the border. However, Shenzhen's policy learning style has gradually shifted from laissez-faire Hong Kong to authoritarian Singapore, propelled by the aspiration, shared among policy-making party élites across China's administrative hierarchy, of perpetuating the single-party rule. Theoretically, this paper demonstrates how policy mobility is shaped path-dependently by the pre-structured institutional/ideological regime, in what ways the idiosyncratic geographical/historical conjuncture matters, and why political representation and participation are crucial to policy selection and mutation. © 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited.
Source Title: Urban Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49687
ISSN: 00420980
DOI: 10.1177/0042098012452455
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