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Article: From “decentralization of governance” to “governance of decentralization”: Reassessing income inequality in periurban China

TitleFrom “decentralization of governance” to “governance of decentralization”: Reassessing income inequality in periurban China
Authors
KeywordsCollective
income inequality
grassroots organization
urbanization
rural property rights
Issue Date2021
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/environment-and-planning-a/journal202436
Citation
Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2021, Epub 2021-01-19 How to Cite?
AbstractGrassroots village organizations are crucial for understanding the interplay between the decentralization of state power and growing income inequality in periurban China. Based on a study of 380 shareholding cooperatives and 43 administrative villages in Guangdong, we examine how state policy has interacted with village institutions to determine the management and distribution of collective income among villagers. Our findings suggest that the decentralization of power over collective asset management and distribution to these grassroots organizations did not cause a retreat in the state's capacity for strategic intervention and local regulatory controls. Rather, the state made continued attempts to regain power over village governance through institutional formalization. Such interventions enhanced the access of villagers to state welfare. However, they worsened income disparities among villagers by undermining the village redistributive mechanism based on informal rules.
DescriptionHybrid open access
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/295491
ISSN
2020 Impact Factor: 4.056
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.740
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dc.contributor.authorWong, SW-
dc.contributor.authorTang, BS-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, J-
dc.contributor.authorL, M-
dc.contributor.authorHo, WKO-
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-25T11:15:39Z-
dc.date.available2021-01-25T11:15:39Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2021, Epub 2021-01-19-
dc.identifier.issn0308-518X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/295491-
dc.descriptionHybrid open access-
dc.description.abstractGrassroots village organizations are crucial for understanding the interplay between the decentralization of state power and growing income inequality in periurban China. Based on a study of 380 shareholding cooperatives and 43 administrative villages in Guangdong, we examine how state policy has interacted with village institutions to determine the management and distribution of collective income among villagers. Our findings suggest that the decentralization of power over collective asset management and distribution to these grassroots organizations did not cause a retreat in the state's capacity for strategic intervention and local regulatory controls. Rather, the state made continued attempts to regain power over village governance through institutional formalization. Such interventions enhanced the access of villagers to state welfare. However, they worsened income disparities among villagers by undermining the village redistributive mechanism based on informal rules.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/environment-and-planning-a/journal202436-
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space-
dc.rightsAuthor(s), From “decentralization of governance” to “governance of decentralization”: Reassessing income inequality in periurban China, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space (Epub 2021-01-19, Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © [2021] (Copyright Holder). DOI: [10.1177/0308518X20988013].-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectCollective-
dc.subjectincome inequality-
dc.subjectgrassroots organization-
dc.subjecturbanization-
dc.subjectrural property rights-
dc.titleFrom “decentralization of governance” to “governance of decentralization”: Reassessing income inequality in periurban China-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailTang, BS: bsbstang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailHo, WKO: winkyh@HKUCC-COM.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityTang, BS=rp01646-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0308518X20988013-
dc.identifier.hkuros321056-
dc.identifier.volumeEpub 2021-01-19-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000631219600001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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