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The Cotton Control Commission and the Corporativist Organization of the Nation

Margherita Zanasi

in Saving the Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226978734
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226978741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226978741.003.0005
The Cotton Control Commission and the Corporativist Organization of the Nation

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This chapter describes how Wang Jingwei's and Chen Gongbo's idea of minzu economy led the National Economic Council (NEC) leaders to embrace corporativism. The NEC became a corporativist organization, merging worldwide fascist trends with reform practices initiated in the Self-Strengthening period. Wang's and Chen's notion of minzu economy and their productivist approach led them to conceive the nation as a community of producers working together for the greater good of the country and overcoming group conflicts. The Cotton Control Commission (CCC) mobilized all parts involved in the cotton industry who appear to possess minzu and productivist qualities. It was also poised to realize the model of corporativism that Gregory Kasza labels “rightist” and associates with the Italian Fascist regime. The Chinese government has established new trading and planning commissions that often include some of the current leaders of private industry, a development reminiscent of the NEC.

Keywords: Wang Jingwei; Chen Gongbo; minzu economy; National Economic Council; corporativism; corporativist organization; Cotton Control Commission; cotton industry; Chinese government

Chapter.  12008 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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