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Centrifugal Empire: Central-Local Relations in China

Jae Ho Chung


Despite the destabilizing potential of governing of a vast territory and a large multicultural population, the centralized government of the People’s Republic of China has held together for decades, resisting efforts at local autonomy. By analyzing Beijing’s strategies for maintaining control even in the reformist post-Mao era, Centrifugal Empire reveals the unique thinking behind China’s approach to local governance, its historical roots, and its deflection of divergent interests. Centrifugal Empire examines the logic, mode, and instrument of local governance established by the People’s Repub ... More

Keywords: China, central-local relations, central control, local autonomy, implementation, decentralization, regional disparities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231176200
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231176200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jae Ho Chung, author
Seoul National University