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Taxation without Representation: Peasants, the Central and the Local States in Reform China
China's countryside has undergone tremendous changes in the last two decades, but the changes and the benefits that came with them were not distributed evenly. Rapid rural industrialization in theExpand
Does Performance Matter? Evaluating Political Selection along the Chinese Administrative Ladder
The determinants (political connections vs. economic performance) behind the political selection of officials in China have been the subject of intense debate. This paper evaluates the extent toExpand
Booty Socialism, Bureau-Preneurs, and the State in Transition: Organizational Corruption in China
Corruption by public officials has long been regarded as a cancer of polity, demoralizing and destablizing society and politics. It occurs in almost all societies, but often for different reasons andExpand
Show Me the Money: Interjurisdiction Political Competition and Fiscal Extraction in China
We argue that interjurisdiction competition in authoritarian regimes engenders a specific logic for taxation. Promotion-seeking local officials are incentivized to signal loyalty and competence toExpand
The politics of peasant burden in reform china
This article analyses the changing nature and role of the state in rural China during reform by examining the issue of peasant financial burdens. It argues that, despite some successes inExpand
Social Policy and Regime Legitimacy: The Effects of Education Reform in China
  • Xiaobo Lü
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 May 2014
Elites often use social policies to garner political support and ensure regime survival, but social policies are not a silver bullet. Using two waves of Chinese national surveys, I find that a recentExpand
Cadres and Corruption: The Organizational Involution of the Chinese Communist Party
1. Introduction: organization, cadres, and corruption 2. Sugar-coated bullets from enemies: corruption in early years 3. The Great Leap Forward: the beginning of involution 4. Political mobilizationExpand
From rank-seeking to rent-seeking: Changing administrative ethos and corruption in reform China
There are two contrasting images of the contemporaryChinese bureaucracy: the first is one of stiffrevolutionary cadres working under a marginallyreformed mobilization regime; the second is oneExpand