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Water Governance and State Governance: A Transaction Cost Perspective of China's Unitarianism

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Yahua en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:39:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:39:08Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1732
dc.description.abstract "Unitarianism (da yi tong) is both an important characteristic of Chinese civilization and a key to understanding it, yet there are still issues about China's unitarianism that remain a puzzle. The theory of the water governance school as represented by Karl Mark, Karl Wittfogel and Ray Huang is perhaps the most useful explanation of why China embarked on unitarianism more than 2000 years ago. This paper attempts to deduce this theory by using the transaction cost approach, and constructing a choice model of governance structure based on the relevant literature. Using the framework of this model, the paper adopts historical materials as evidence for the structure choice in China's water governance and then explains how the hierarchical structure of water governance led to a unitary empire, and how it can be used to interpret the mechanism of the formation, operation and disintegration of China's unitarianism. The study suggests a move away from a unitary system towards a federal system of state governance in contemporary China." en_US
dc.subject transaction costs en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject state and local governance en_US
dc.title Water Governance and State Governance: A Transaction Cost Perspective of China's Unitarianism en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country China en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Workshop on the Workshop 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 3-6, 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Indiana University Bloomington en_US

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