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Shi, Yuning (2024) 'Is China financialised? The significance of two historic transformations of Chinese finance.' New Political Economy, 29 (2). pp. 305-320.

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This article tackles the question of whether financialisation is present in the Chinese economy by analysing two key transformations of the country’s financial system. The first was a state-led reform process through which the Chinese financial system introduced market practices, similarly to the rest of the economy. The second was a market-led process, reflected in the emergence and rise of shadow banking, which originates from within financial markets with the aim of bypassing loan restrictions. The article shows that despite the two transformations and the enormous growth of finance during the past four decades, the underlying character of the Chinese financial system exhibits remarkable continuity. Namely, it remains bank based – albeit partially liberalised – with a predominant role for bank credit and a strong presence for the state. The relational and government-controlled structures of Chinese finance have not been replaced by arm’s length and private mechanisms. On these grounds, it is premature to consider the Chinese economy to be financialised.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: China; financial reform; financial system; financialisation; shadow banking
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 13563467
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2023 09:23

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