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China's reform of intergovernmental fiscal relations in the light of European experiences


  • Spahn, Paul Bernd


The paper looks a China's institutional reforms in public finances against the background of European experiences. Particular attention is given to Switzerland and Germany where there is a high degree of consensus forming mechanisms. These federations are also characterized by concepts of regional fairness and are hence more appropriate as potential models than competitive federalism models such as that of the United States. The basic characteristics of the two European federations are described and analyzed.

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  • Spahn, Paul Bernd, 1995. "China's reform of intergovernmental fiscal relations in the light of European experiences," MPRA Paper 13114, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13114

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    1. Jun Ma, 1997. "Intergovernmental fiscal transfer in nine countries : lessons for developingcountries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1822, The World Bank.

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    Federalism; German federation; Swiss federation; Germany; Switzerland; fiscal capacity; equalization; public borrowing; public administration; intergovernmental grants; German unification; tax assignment; shared taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General


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