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Recentralization in China?

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  • Ehtisham Ahmad
  • Li Keping
  • Raju J Singh
  • Thomas J Richardson

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The paper assesses the changing nature of the relations between the provinces and the central government in China during the 1990s. It examines the fiscal reforms initiated in 1994 and subsequent developments. The expenditure needs of the center and the richer provinces are juxtaposed against the need for "redistribution" to the more backward regions.

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  • Ehtisham Ahmad & Li Keping & Raju J Singh & Thomas J Richardson, 2002. "Recentralization in China?," IMF Working Papers 02/168, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:02/168
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    1. Michel Le Breton & Shlomo Weber, 2003. "The Art of Making Everybody Happy: How to Prevent a Secession," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 50(3), pages 1-4.
    2. Chunli Shen & Jing Jin & Heng-fu Zou, 2012. "Fiscal Decentralization in China: History, Impact, Challenges and Next Steps," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 13(1), pages 1-51, May.
    3. Ehtisham Ahmad & Leonardo Martinez, 2004. "On the Design and Effectiveness of Targeted Expenditure Programs," IMF Working Papers 04/220, International Monetary Fund.
    4. Ehtisham Ahmad & Leo Martinez, 2004. "On the Design and Effectiveness of Targeted Expenditure Programs," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0418, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    5. Fraschini, Angela, 2006. "Fiscal federalism in big developing countries: China and India," POLIS Working Papers 60, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.
    6. Catriona Purfield, 2004. "The Decentralization Dilemma in India," IMF Working Papers 04/32, International Monetary Fund.
    7. Muhammad Hussain Malik, 2008. "Fiscal decentralization for poverty reduction in Asia: opportunities, challenges and policy issues," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 15(2), pages 13-33, December.

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    China; Intergovernmental Relations; local governments; fiscal decentralization; local government; fiscal system; local revenues; State And Local Government;

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