Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 21–43 | Cite as

The median voter hypothesis: Regional disparities and redistribution in China

  • Tingjin Lin


The paper is focused on regional redistribution of revenue of China and proposes to test two hypotheses. The first one is the positive relationship between inequality in the distribution of local fiscal situation and the central redistribution. The second one is a possible political channel of redistribution: the median voter hypothesis. Both hypotheses are confirmed empirically by the study. Therefore the median voter hypothesis is helpful for analyzing the redistribution to narrow the regional disparities of local expenditure among provinces, although there is no formal voting process on regional redistribution. In the process of decision-making in China, regional preference can be expressed sufficiently without voting actions. Thus Representative Democracy might not be a prerequisite for Median Voter Hypothesis in the case of China.

Key words

Median Voter Hypothesis Regional Disparities Redistribution 


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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and Public AdministrationUniversity of Hong KongHong Kong

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