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The Role of Provinces in Decision-Making Processes in China: The Case of Hainan Province

  • Olga Daksueva
  • Joyce Juo-yu Lin
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Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

Abstract

Among the economic reforms adopted by Beijing since the 1970s, the Chinese government has delegated some of its responsibilities to the provinces, particularly, those related to low-politics issues. Despite this experiment in power-sharing, the central government maintains dominance, with provinces appearing to act as agents or partners of the national government. This chapter examines the level and impact of this decentralization using Hainan’s role in the South China Sea as a case study. Hainan has in recent years exercised policies aimed at better administering contested territories in the maritime area, so the case study provides evidence of the degree of decision-making autonomy that Beijing gives to provincial authorities. The study finds that the imperative of high politics and Beijing’s heavy hand cast a shadow on the issues of low politics managed by Hainan authorities. Through dual-leadership administration, financial subsidies, and other means, the central government continues to enjoy dominance in decision-making in the province.

Keywords

Center-province relations Low politics High politics Hainan South China Sea 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olga Daksueva
    • 1
  • Joyce Juo-yu Lin
    • 2
  1. 1.International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific StudiesNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Diplomacy and International RelationsTamkang UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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