ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Urban Infrastructure Financing and Delivery in China

A high volume of infrastructure investment in the cities of China is not just an outcome of high economic growth rates maintained by the country over a long period of time, but largely because of her administrative structure wherein large cities have powers to tax more than others and collect taxes from larger areas, as also administrative and fiscal decentralisation and devolution of urban functions to specifically created bodies/agencies that can recover costs to some extent. Added to this are the ingenious methods of extra-budgetary and off-budgetary resource collection by local authorities, and passing down of welfare functions to lower levels of administration. However, all these have resulted in high levels of inter-city and intra-city inequalities.

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