The Interplay between Structural Change and State Role: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of China’s and India’s Growth Path

Martino Bissoli

Student thesis: Master thesis


The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between Structural Change and State Role literature in order to determine if their joint use has explanatory power over the growth path of a nation. In comparative logic the researcher has analysed the case of India’s and China’s economic transformation between 1980 and 2020, taking into account the main economic and social indicators. The researcher as gathered both quantitative and qualitative data by building a quantitative dataset and interviewing experts of the field. The researcher has concluded that more brilliant performances in enacting Structural Change are associated with Developmental State features while a weaker results in Structural Change performances, such as the mismatch of manpower employed in the primary sector and the share output produced by such in India is associated to Predatory State features such as short-oriented policy making, neo-utilitarian mentality and lower investment in human resources. Furthermore, the researcher has concluded that the interplay between these two scholarships is the weakest when assessing elements of leadership as it has been demonstrated that Predatory leadership can coexist with successful Structural Change features.

EducationsMSc in Strategy, Organization and Leadership, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages145
SupervisorsAmanda Bille