In 'China's Gilded Age' Yuen Yuen Ang turns Weber's analysis of bureaucratic rationality on it's head. Highly relevant to all developing countries especially in Africa where Weberian concepts like 'patrimonialism' rule the pol lit @cchukudebelu
Yuen argues China shows Weber's critique of 'prebendiarism' (and by implication) of 'patrimonialism' as non-rational too formulaic/formalistic. In fact 'profit-sharing' by bureaucrats is a highly rational incentive system which increases both productivity and development
Yuen treats profit-sharing incentives for bureaucrats as a modern form of prebendiarism in which employees generate the lion's share of their total remuneration. How to regulate and ensure that this serves SOCIAL not individual goals? Or that they coincide?
But this 'modern prebendiarism' only works for social goals if it is subject to comprehensive oversight at the central level. It also requires an ideological outlook in society which sees achieving social goals as the foundation for individual success
Otherwise corruption takes over and destroys the system. I think this is why in 'Capitalism, Alone' @BrankoMilan argues that corruption is the Achiles heel of 'Political Capitalism' Chinese style
The question is whether this is a transitional feature of the Chinese system which will fade away as the economy advances. Yuen can certainly be read this way but hedges. He does point out that empirically Chinese 'prebendiarism' has grown not declined

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17 Jun
An interesting question: why did a small country like JA have this outsized global cultural impact. Some thoughts: a) JA had most extensive oppressive large slave plantation regime; b) long history of frequent revolts hence the 'rebel' tradition;
c) preservation of Black cultural links via arrivals from Africa pre-post abolition slave trade; d) harsh post-emancipation economic regime leading to severe rural immiseration and rural-urban/external migration; d) early growth of inner city communities around railway terminals
In sum: in JA the confrontation with White colonial oppression took a particularly acute form and led to cultural expressions which resonated universally.
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