This book focuses on describing, explaining, and evaluating the changing central-local relationship in China. It presents a comprehensive picture of what has happened in China's central-local relations during the decade-long economic reform, to understand the state of affairs in China.
Introduction 1. Part One: Historical Perspective and Overview China's Central-Local Relationship: A Historical Perspective 2. Market and State: Changing Central-Local Relations in China 3. Institutional Reorganization and Its Impact on Decentralization Part Two: Functional Dimensions 4. Central-Local Fiscal Politics in China 5. Rural Reform and the Rise of Localism 6. Central-Local Relations from the Perspective of State and Non-State Industries 7. Foreign Trade Decentralization and Its Impact on Central-Local Relations Part Three: Regional Differentiation and Case Studies 8. Regional Inequality Variations and Central Government Policy, 1978–1988 9. The Case of Guangdong in Central-Provincial Relations 10. Reform and Shanghai: Changing Central-Local Fiscal Relations