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Are collective political actions and private political actions substitutes or complements? Empirical evidence from China's private sector


  • Nan Jia

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    1. Department of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
    • Correspondence to: Nan Jia, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, BRI 306, 3670 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089–0808, U.S.A. E-mail:

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This paper examines the circumstances under which collective and private corporate political actions are more likely to be substitutes or complements. Using data based on a series of nationwide surveys conducted on privately owned firms in China, I find that firms that are engaged in collective political actions are more likely to pursue private political actions. This positive relationship is stronger in less economically developed provinces and when there are greater opportunities for the state to redistribute economic resources in product and capital markets. Meanwhile, this relationship is weaker in the presence of heavier regulatory burdens and for firms in which the state has some equity or owned by individuals who had prior political careers. These findings contribute to the corporate political action literature. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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