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Article: The political economy of intra-provincial disparities in post-reform China: A case study of Jiangsu province

TitleThe political economy of intra-provincial disparities in post-reform China: A case study of Jiangsu province
Authors
KeywordsIntra-provincial disparities
Jiangsu province
Political economy
Post-reform China
Preferential policy
Socialist market economy
Issue Date2001
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/geoforum
Citation
Geoforum, 2001, v. 32 n. 2, p. 215-234 How to Cite?
AbstractSince 1978, China has introduced economic reforms and open policies for some people and places to get rich first, in the hope of redistributing wealth eventually. In reality, disparities between and within regions, urban and rural areas, and different social strata have increased. This paper attempts to explore the underlying factors of intra-provincial disparities through a case study of Jiangsu Province. Socio-economic and cultural data have shown that Jiangsu Province can roughly be divided into three parts: the developed southern Jiangsu, moderately developed mid-Jiangsu, and poor northern Jiangsu. Historically, southern Jiangsu is the more developed part of the Province. This intra-provincial disparity has enlarged during the post-reform era. The preferential policies for the coastal regions and non-state owned economic sectors have led to the emergence of pluralistic ownership patterns and a faster pace of development in localities along the coast, close to big cities, or having a long history of township-and-village-enterprise (TVE) development. A case in point is southern Jiangsu. Moreover, the transition from a centrally planned economy to a socialist market economy necessitated decentralisation of administrative and economic power. As the decentralisation of power is not fully guaranteed or stipulated by law, local protectionism emerges. Through relations (guan xi), investors are able to manipulate preferential policies to carry out large-scale rent-seeking activities. The fiscal capacity of the central and provincial governments, however, is weakened, diminishing its ability to redistribute resources for a more even regional development. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89762
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.397
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.512
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dc.description.abstractSince 1978, China has introduced economic reforms and open policies for some people and places to get rich first, in the hope of redistributing wealth eventually. In reality, disparities between and within regions, urban and rural areas, and different social strata have increased. This paper attempts to explore the underlying factors of intra-provincial disparities through a case study of Jiangsu Province. Socio-economic and cultural data have shown that Jiangsu Province can roughly be divided into three parts: the developed southern Jiangsu, moderately developed mid-Jiangsu, and poor northern Jiangsu. Historically, southern Jiangsu is the more developed part of the Province. This intra-provincial disparity has enlarged during the post-reform era. The preferential policies for the coastal regions and non-state owned economic sectors have led to the emergence of pluralistic ownership patterns and a faster pace of development in localities along the coast, close to big cities, or having a long history of township-and-village-enterprise (TVE) development. A case in point is southern Jiangsu. Moreover, the transition from a centrally planned economy to a socialist market economy necessitated decentralisation of administrative and economic power. As the decentralisation of power is not fully guaranteed or stipulated by law, local protectionism emerges. Through relations (guan xi), investors are able to manipulate preferential policies to carry out large-scale rent-seeking activities. The fiscal capacity of the central and provincial governments, however, is weakened, diminishing its ability to redistribute resources for a more even regional development. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.en_HK
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dc.subjectIntra-provincial disparitiesen_HK
dc.subjectJiangsu provinceen_HK
dc.subjectPolitical economyen_HK
dc.subjectPost-reform Chinaen_HK
dc.subjectPreferential policyen_HK
dc.subjectSocialist market economyen_HK
dc.titleThe political economy of intra-provincial disparities in post-reform China: A case study of Jiangsu provinceen_HK
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