Central Mandates in Flux: Local Noncompliance in China

21 Pages Posted: 9 May 2012  

Ting Gong

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Public & Social Administration

Alfred M. Wu

The Education University of Hong Kong - Department of Asian and Policy Studies

Date Written: May 8, 2012

Abstract

This article examines a particular type of central mandate in China, the mandate for nationwide across-the-board salary increases in the public sector. The making and implementation of this mandate epitomizes the changes and challenges in intergovernmental relations of a transition economy. Our findings show that although the central pay mandates were issued under a number of conditions that favored, or should have even guaranteed, their smooth implementation, local reactions to the mandates have deviated from central expectations.The mandated pay raises have not only failed to win local compliance but also given rise to widespread pay arrears. Based on empirical data from two Chinese counties, this article analyzes the causes of local noncompliance and its implications for intergovernmental management.

Keywords: intergovernmental management, fiscal decentralization, central mandate, civil service pay, China

JEL Classification: H77, H11

Suggested Citation

Gong, Ting and Wu, Alfred M., Central Mandates in Flux: Local Noncompliance in China (May 8, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2054500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2054500

Ting Gong

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Public & Social Administration ( email )

83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong

Alfred M. Wu (Contact Author)

The Education University of Hong Kong - Department of Asian and Policy Studies ( email )

Hong Kong
China

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