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Patronage and PowerLocal State Networks and Party-State Resilience in Rural China$
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Ben Hillman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789363

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789363.001.0001

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Political Competition over Local Resources

Political Competition over Local Resources

Six Political Competition over Local Resources
Patronage and Power

Ben Hillman

Stanford University Press

Chapter Six examines the politics of spoils in the rapidly growing local economy. The chapter explains how patronage networks influence local decision-making and resource allocation, and how such networks have been able to adapt to an increasingly sophisticated regulatory environment. By looking at public and private ventures in Poshan Prefecture's growing tourism industry, the chapter highlights the ambiguous relationship between corruption and development. A study of political conflicts over the control of revenues from a booming tourism industry provides further illustration of the complex interaction between local patronage networks and formal state institutions.

Keywords:   spoils politics, rapid economic growth, adaptation of patronage networks, corruption and development, economic governance

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