LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC GOODS PROVISION IN RURAL CHINA

In developing countries, identifying the most effective community-level governance structure is a key issue and, increasingly, empirical evaluation of the effects of democratization on the provision of local public goods is needed. Since the early 1990s, tens of thousands of villages in rural China have held local-government elections, providing a good opportunity to investigate the effect of democratization on the level of public goods provision. Using a recent village survey conducted over a significant period of time, this paper compares governance by elected officials with that of appointed cadres and finds that elected officials tend to tax constituents less and provide them with higher levels of public services.


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Issue Date:
2002
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/16120
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/16120
Total Pages:
22
JEL Codes:
D73; H41; P35
Series Statement:
EPTD Discussion Paper
93




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