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The Political Economy of Earmarked Transfers in a State-Designated Poor County in Western China: Central Policies and Local Responses
The China Quarterly
In order to improve the effectiveness of redistributive policies, in 2002 the Chinese government increased fiscal transfers and imposed more stringent regulations on the use of earmarked funds. This article evaluates the impact this had on K county in a north-western province. The case study finds that the misappropriation of earmarked transfers did decrease but this did not necessarily indicate an improvement in the local government's compliance in the usage of transfers. Instead, the countydoi:10.1017/s0305741009990580 fatcat:whyl5oxojnfjnp57lp4mll5pca