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Title: Central-provincial relations amid greater centralization in China
Authors: Lam, TC
Keywords: Central-provincial relations
Patronage politics
Provincial bargaining
Provincial leaders
Issue Date: 2010
Source: China information, 2010, v. 24, no. 3, p. 339-363 How to cite?
Journal: China Information 
Abstract: This article examines central-provincial relations in the context of greater centralization. Focusing on the background of provincial leaders, the leadership management system, and the fiscal system, it suggests that there has been an unmistakable trend toward greater central control. However, greater centralization has coexisted with decentralization in many areas of governance. While greater centralization has not completely changed the particularistic character of central-provincial interactions, the arena has shifted to bargaining and lobbying for central largess. Provincial bargaining now occurs in a context in which the central government is in control of considerably greater resources and more capable of setting the rules of the game. This study of the central-provincial relations helps to contextualize the study of Hong Kong's relationship with Beijing first by pointing to their different natures and characters. At the same time, salient developments in central-provincial relations in the main body politics also form the context for Hong Kong's relationship with Beijing.
ISSN: 0920-203X
DOI: 10.1177/0920203X10382338
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