Political Studies Review 14 (1), 2016

 This interesting book focuses on a greatly under-explored topic of how the Chinese central government governs civil service pay.

 This interesting book focuses on a greatly under-explored topic of how the Chinese central government governs civil service pay. The author’s fundamental arguments are that although central government has tried four waves of civil service pay reform since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, China still has not found a strong solution to align cadres’ motives to better public services and curb over-corruption within the complexities of central-local relations. …

The major contribution of Wu’s work is to enrich governance theory with experience from China and to deepen our understanding of endogenous tensions within China’s public administration system. It is more about theoretical application than theoretical innovation, and it displays a rich collection of empirical evidence and statistical data to support its theoretical arguments.

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