J OF CHIN POLIT SCI (2018) 23:303–304 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-018-9547-6 BOOK REVIEW David J. Bulman, Incentivized Development in China: Leaders, Governance, and Growth in China’sCounties (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 270p., $85 hardcover; $80 e-book Juan Wang Published online: 13 March 2018 Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies 2018 How do we explain regional variation of development in China? Based on a compar- ative study of six bordering counties in Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, David J. Bulman argues that, first, provincial policies provide an incentive structure that affects county- level party secretaries’ orientation toward economic growth, and second, these party secretaries’ decisions affect local economic outcomes. This book makes a wonderful addition to the scholarship of political economy of development in China, through its focus on the county-level government in China, and by advancing the Btournament promotion^ model to explain growth. Why is the county level important to understand regional variation of development? Counties, as Bulman notes, have become China’s major growth engine. To explain the increasing investments in Chinese counties, Bulman emphasizes some broad structural changes in the late 1990s and early 2000s. For example, the rising costs of investment in cities improved the popularity of
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Published: Mar 13, 2018
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