This article investigates why a growing number of wealthy Chinese, the primary beneficiaries of China’s economic rise, have opted to exit China, through both capital flight and emigration, over the last decade, instead of using voice, engaging the political process, and leveraging their power and influence to effect policy change.
The Flight of the Affluent in Contemporary China: Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and the Problem of Wealth Drain
Steve Hess is an Associate Professor of Political Science and East Asia and Pacific Rim Studies at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. His primary research interests include contentious politics in authoritarian regimes and Chinese foreign policy in Africa. He is the author of Authoritarian Landscapes: Popular Mobilization and the Institutional Sources of Resilience in Nondemocracies and Charting the Roots of Anti-Chinese Populism in Africa (co-authored with Richard Aidoo). Email: <email@example.com>.
Steve Hess; The Flight of the Affluent in Contemporary China: Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and the Problem of Wealth Drain. Asian Survey 1 August 2016; 56 (4): 629–650. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2016.56.4.629
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