Centralizing Treasury Management in China: The Rationale of the Central Reformers
Yuen Yuen Ang
University of Michigan - Department of Political Science
July 24, 2009
Public Administration & Development, Vol. 29, pp. 263-273, 2009
The Chinese central government, spearheaded by the Ministry of Finance, launched a bold reform of the treasury management system in 2001, centralizing the disbursement of budgetary funds. This article analyzes the rationale of institutional reform from the perspective of the central reformers. Traditionally, governmental bank accounts in China were fragmented between and within levels of government, hindering budget implementation and intergovernmental transfers, as well as fomenting corruption. The centerpiece of China’s treasury reform is the establishment of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), which serves to both strengthen expenditure controls and improve cash management. However, while the treasury reform promises to make significant strides in improving fiscal control and countering the misuse of public funds, its implementation remains imperfect and incomplete.
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Keywords: anti-corruption, fiscal control, intergovernmental transfers, treasury reform, China
Date posted: March 27, 2012
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