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Opinion: The role of the personality and preferences of local officials is likely underestimated in understanding policy innovation in China

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i's anti-corruption campaign is commonly thought to be stifling policy innovation, yet academics need a better framework for understanding local officials' incentives, writes Jessica Teets. She argues for "an evolutionary approach that focuses on individual-level attributes interacting with environmental stimuli," which emphasizes the local officials rather than pressure from people below them or incentives from the government above them.
12 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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