Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Administrative Orders and Material Incentives in the Procurement of Export Commodities: A Case Study of Zengcheng County, 1958-1966

Wed, October 24, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Administrative Orders and Material Incentives in the Procurement of Export Commodities:  A Case Study of Zengcheng County, 1958-1966

This presentation will discuss how China’s procurement plans for exportable commodities were implemented at the county and sub-county levels in the years between 1958 and 1966 by using Zengcheng county, Guangdong province as a case study. During the Great Leap Forward, the implementation of the procurement plan in Zengcheng was mainly through administrative orders from the government at different levels. After the Great Leap Forward, two ways of material incentives, foreign currency sharing and sale reward, were used in the procurement of export commodities alongside the administrative orders. How did administrative orders work in implementing the procurement plan? Why were material incentives introduced after the Great Leap Forward and how did they work? What mechanism governed the implementation of the procurement plan for export commodities and what does this tell us about China’s planned economy at large? Those are the questions that the presentation would like to discuss.

Sponsored by: Center for East Asian Studies

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