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The increasing significance of social capital in reform-era China

日期: 2019-07-09 点击:


Yanjie Bian


Speaker Bio


Yanjie Bian is Professor of Sociology at University of Minnesota, USA. Concurrently, he is Director of the Institute for Empirical Social Science Research at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He previously taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Bian is a co-founder (with Professor Li Lulu) of the Chinese General Social Survey, which is a public data archive available to domestic and international scholars. Author of 15 books and more than 160 research articles on topics of China’s social stratification, social networks, and institutional change, Dr. Bian’s current projects include the development of the sociology of guanxi, a panel study about networks and jobs in Chinese cities, and East Asian social networks. He was recognized as one of the 2014-2018 Elsevier most-cited Chinese researchers in social science.



The last forty years witnesses a prevalence and increasing significant effect of guanxi, which can be demonstrated by the gradually rising proportion of job search network. This is due to a tendency of upward change in both market competition as well as institutional uncertainty. Implications are that the improvement of transparency and compatibility of regulations are of importance in institutional building.