Fiscal reform, fiscal decentralization and poverty reduction in China: Some observations

Yeoh, Emile Kok Kheng and Liong, Lionel Wei Li and Ling, Susie Yieng Ping (2010) Fiscal reform, fiscal decentralization and poverty reduction in China: Some observations. International Journal of China Studies, 1 (3). pp. 749-772. ISSN 2180-3250,

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China has been said to be one of the world's most economically decentralized countries. While the claim that decentralization had much to do with the success of China's reforms has been controversial and it has been argued that China's approach to administrative decentralization might over time threaten the success of the reform process, the highly remarkable extent of fiscal decentralization could have the potential to aid the effort at poverty alleviation, especially in the context of the ethnoregional dimension of the country's poverty problem. This research note presents various observations on the dimensions of decentralization in China and briefly explores its potential implications on poverty reduction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Administrative decentralization; Fiscal decentralization; Government expenditure; Government revenue; Poverty reduction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 02:50
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 04:36

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