Filling the Loopholes: Provided Rural Public Goods by the First Secretary
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Under the background that the project system can not cover small and irregular rural public demands, and when village cadres do not have much ability and motivation to respond to these public demands, the first secretary plays a basic role in filling these loopholes in public goods provision. What researchers have not systematically examined is the delivery of public goods provision by the first secretary to the poor village. Drawing on in-depth qualitative interviews with first secretaries of six poor villages, we find that they provided a range of public goods, including four main categories: production; life; culture and sports; education. We also find that three main factors influencing first secretaries to providing public goods: managerial encouragement; joint liability; political commitment. The findings contribute to the first secretary and rural public goods provision literature.
Rural China, Public Goods Provision, First Secretary, Assistance of Stationing in Village