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