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China's local government-stability matrix

Overview

The power of local authorities is a key issue in the day-to-day mechanics of governance in China. It is also at local level that open mass resistance to central policy is seen. Much corruption is localised - a recent World Bank report puts China in the bottom tenth percentile for "voice and accountability", a position which has not improved since 1996; that reflects, in considerable part, the multiplicity of unaccountable local officials using their political power for gain, and...

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