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Rising central spending on public security and the dilemma facing grassroots officials in China

Die Steigerung der Ausgaben für öffentliche Sicherheit und die Dilemmata der bodenständigen Institutionen in China
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Abstract In response to worsening social instability in China, among grassroots communities in the poorer central and western provinces in particular, the Chinese central government has made budgetary arrangements, since 2003, to increase investment at the grassroots level to improve the capacity of local governments to maintain social order. However, this action by central government has created a dilemma for local cadres: how to perform their duty to maintain social stability while also balancing a heavy fiscal burden caused in part by the receipt of insufficient additional budgetary subsidies from higher government. This paper is an account of and an analysis of how local cadres in China perform their official duties when faced with this dilemma.
Keywords China; social stability; political stability; domestic security; expenditures; financial reform; law and order
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords stability preservation; weiwen; public security
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 79-109
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 2
Issue topic Preserving stability: process, dimensions and ideological exercise
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works