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Incentivized Development in China
Leaders, Governance, and Growth in China's Counties

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  • Author: David J. Bulman, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts
  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107166295

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  • China's economy, as a whole, has developed rapidly over the past 35 years, and yet its richest county is over 100 times richer in per capita terms than its poorest county. To explain this vast variation in development, David J. Bulman investigates the political foundations of local economic growth in China, focusing on the institutional and economic roles of county-level leaders and the career incentives that shape their behaviour. Through a close examination of six counties complemented by unique nation-wide data, he presents and explores two related questions: what is the role of County Party Secretaries in determining local governance and growth outcomes? And why do County Party Secretaries emphasize particular developmental priorities? Suitable for scholars of political economy, development economics, and comparative politics, this original study analyzes the relationship between political institutions, local governance, and leadership roles within Chinese government to explain the growing divergence in economic development between counties.

    • Utilizes evidence from a nation-wide county-level biographical data set as well as extensive fieldwork
    • Provides close case studies of economic development of six counties bordering Jiangsu and Anhui provinces
    • Combines quantitative and qualitative methodologies ensuring that it is accessible to a wide range of readers
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107166295
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 3 maps 24 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding China's county-level economic growth
    3. Governance for growth: investment attraction and institutional development
    4. First in command: leadership roles for county development
    5. Paths to promotion: the inconsistent importance of economic performance
    6. Ignoring growth: the institutional and economic costs of maintaining stability
    7. Conclusion: a new political economy of uneven regional development
    Appendix 1
    Appendix 2

  • Author

    David J. Bulman, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts
    David J. Bulman is an economist at the World Bank and an adjunct lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is a core author of the World Development Report 2017 and contributed to China 2030 and Urban China. Professor Bulman has been a visiting scholar at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, a University of Chicago and Ford Foundation New Generation China Scholar, and an inaugural China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts.

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