Localism in Retreat? Central-Provincial Relations in the Xi Jinping Era

  title={Localism in Retreat? Central-Provincial Relations in the Xi Jinping Era},
  author={David Bulman and Kyle A. Jaros},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary China},
  pages={697 - 716}
ABSTRACT Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive, personnel reshuffles, and institutional overhauls seem to mark a turning point in Beijing’s long-running fight against ‘localism’ (difangzhuyi). Yet, key questions remain about the scope and effectiveness of efforts to rein in China’s subnational officials. Has the Xi administration effectively combated localism by appointing more outsiders to provincial leadership teams? Or have strengthened oversight institutions made subnational officials more… 
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