China's “Soft” Centralization: Shifting Tiao/Kuai Authority Relations

  title={China's “Soft” Centralization: Shifting Tiao/Kuai Authority Relations},
  author={Andrew C. Mertha},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={791 - 810}
  • Andrew C. Mertha
  • Published 2005
  • Political Science
  • The China Quarterly
  • This article analyses China's recent attempts to counter “local protectionism” and establish standardization in policy implementation and enforcement by centralizing a growing number of its regulatory bureaucracies up to the provincial level (what I refer to as “soft” centralization). In this article, I argue that Beijing's experiment with soft centralization, while successful to some extent, has nevertheless fallen short of its goals and that thus far this transformation remains imperfect and… CONTINUE READING
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