Central-Local Relations

  • Angang HuEmail author
  • Xiao Tang
  • Zhusong Yang
  • Yilong Yan


As a huge country with a high population, a vast territory and imbalanced economic development across various regions, China has both the advantages and disadvantages of all large nations, particularly in terms of politics. This means that a careful balance between central and local relations is critical, especially under the governance of a single party. China deals with central-local relations using two initiatives, having learned that one initiative leads to improper handling. Mao Zedong believed that a combination of central and local initiatives was the key to success. In essence, this refers to the formation of a mechanism for incentive compatibility, through which each initiative can play its proper role, and national strength can be united to focus on state affairs.


Local Government Central Government State Council Central Committee Transfer Payment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angang Hu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiao Tang
    • 2
  • Zhusong Yang
    • 3
  • Yilong Yan
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Contemporary China StudiesTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Public Policy and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Public Policy and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Public Policy and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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