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"Building a new socialist countryside" - only a political slogan?

"Aufbau einer neuen sozialistischen Landschaft": nur ein politischer Slogan?
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Ahlers, Anna L.; Schubert, Gunter

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Abstract In March 2006, China's National People's Congress officially promulgated the central government's intention to "build a new socialist countryside", a new policy initiative and approach to rural development. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in two Chinese counties in 2008 and 2009, this article investigates how the new policy is being substantiated and implemented at the local level. It argues that by combining China's new fiscal system of transfer payments to poor local governments with administrative reforms, intensified internal project evaluation, and efforts to increase the rural income through a mixture of infrastructural investment, agricultural specialization, the expansion of social welfare, and accelerated urbanization, "building a new socialist countryside" constitutes more than a political slogan and has the potential to successfully overcome rural poverty and the rural-urban divide.
Keywords China; rural development; agriculture; reform policy; economic policy; structural policy; rural development; combating poverty; investment; underdevelopment; regional policy; structural policy; agrarian reform; rural area
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords political science; rural development; agricultural reforms; structural economic policy; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 35-62
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 38 (2009) 4
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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