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The hollow state: Rural governance in China

Smith, Graeme


Over the last decade, rural township governments have been subjected to intensive streamlining and rationalization programmes. This article examines which ongoing reforms and processes are causing township governments to become "hollow shells", and explores the effects of "hollowing out" on township government leaders, staff and rural residents. While the aim of local government reform was to transform extractive township governments into "service-oriented" agencies, this article finds that the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: The China Quarterly
DOI: 10.1017/S0305741010000615


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