Coping with the “Political Multiplier Effect”: Cadre Performance Evaluation in China |

Coping with the “Political Multiplier Effect”: Cadre Performance Evaluation in China

Synopsis:

China's ever-surging economy is not only export-led but investment driven. Local governments in intense competition with one another have played a key role in China's investment boom. In fact, chronic overheating has been a fixture of the economy ever since the Great Leap Forward in the Mao era. What motivates local state officials to pursue high speed growth? This seminar examines the incentives created by the cadre performance evaluation system in the context of authoritarian one-party rule. It traces the origin of the 'political multiplier" in the Great Leap Forward and the planned economy era, and examines the factors for its persistence in today's market economy. Various attempts to tinker with the cadre evaluation system in recent years to fight the so-called "GDPism" are also analyzed to understand their limits as well as potential.

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Speaker(s):

Dr. Lance Liangping Gore, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Date:
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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