Governing Civil Service Pay in China

Governing Civil Service Pay in China

by Alfred M. Wu


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Investigating civil service pay reforms and their impact on public governance in China, including the fight against corruption. As agents of the state, civil servants play a central role in public governance and socioeconomic development. In developing countries, an effective civil service pay system may provide strong incentives for better public service and rein in corruption whereas poor remuneration can fuel corruption and discontent among civil servants. Grappling to develop a well-functioning pay regime has challenged the PRC since its birth. Over the past decade, reforms implemented in the civil service pay system that are closely associated with legitimacy change (from an economy-based approach to welfare-based one), income distribution and central-local relations. However, these reforms have sparked a heated debate over the legitimacy, effectiveness and direction. By examining the complexities of this situation and the tug-of-war over remuneration among different players, this pioneering study deepens our understanding of the internal tensions with which Chin's reform process is fraught.

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ISBN-13: 9788776941444
Publisher: NIAS
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction 1

2 The Evolution of the Civil Service Pay Regime in China 25

3 The Introduction of Equal Pay Policy 45

4 Local Implementation: Remuneration in Fujian and Hubei Provinces 67

5 A Decentralized Versus a Centralized Pay Setting 117

6 The Retreat From Performance-based Pay 136

7 Civil Service Pay Levels 153

8 Pay and Corruption: Past, Present, and Prospects 174

9 Conclusions 194

References 209

Index 231

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