Relationship between the Central Government and Local Governments of Contemporary China

  • Feizhou Zhou
  • Mingzhi Tan

Part of the Social Development Experiences in China book series (SODEEXCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Feizhou Zhou, Mingzhi Tan
    Pages 17-36
  3. Feizhou Zhou, Mingzhi Tan
    Pages 37-55
  4. Feizhou Zhou, Mingzhi Tan
    Pages 57-79
  5. Feizhou Zhou, Mingzhi Tan
    Pages 81-104
  6. Feizhou Zhou, Mingzhi Tan
    Pages 105-130
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 141-144

About this book


This book examines the connection between central-local government relations and the transition of contemporary China, the urbanization process and social development. Based on empirical investigations and theoretical research, it argues that this is the key to understanding the transition of central-local government relations from the overall fiscal rationing system in the 1980s and the tax distribution system in the 1990s. The former system provided the incentive for local government to “set up a number of enterprises” and resulted in rapid local industrialization, while the latter system enabled the local governments to move from “operating the enterprises” to “operating the land and cities”. The book analyzes two aspects of the profound impact of the change in central-local government relations on the behavior of local governments: land quota acquisition and urbanization, thus providing valuable insights into the economic and social development of contemporary China.


Central and Local Governments Centralization and Decentralization Financial Contract System Tax Distribution System Land Finance Local Practice Land Management Increase and Decrease Land Policy Townization

Authors and affiliations

  • Feizhou Zhou
    • 1
  • Mingzhi Tan
    • 2
  1. 1.Peking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Land Renovation CenterBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. and China Social Sciences Press 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4387-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4388-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-1557
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-1565
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