State self-earned income and welfare provision in China

Duckett, J. (2002) State self-earned income and welfare provision in China. Provincial China, 7(1), pp. 1-19.

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Abstract

Local governments in China in the 1990s relied increasingly on self-earned income, but little is known about the impact of this on the provision of public goods, especially in wealthy urban areas. This paper shows how departments charged with providing welfare and social services to the poor have been supplementing budgetary expenditures with other, self-earned, finance. Based on research in the city of Tianjin, it argues that although self-earned income can increase spending on welfare and social services, increasing reliance on such income, and variation in departmental capacities to generate it, exacerbate already inequitable welfare provision even within this wealthy city. It also creates conflicts of interest and problems for local government spending controls.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Duckett, Professor Jane
Authors: Duckett, J.
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Provincial China
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1326-7612
ISSN (Online):1476-7104
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2002 Routledge
First Published:First published in Provincial China 7(1):1-19
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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