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The Paradox of Accountability System of Grassroots Cadres in China

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DOI: 10.25236/erems.2018.189


Yue Chang

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Yue Chang


The accountability system is an institutional arrangement for the government and civil servants to fail to perform or fail to perform their statutory duties due to deliberate or negligent actions. It is an important part of the construction of a responsible government. The survey results of the “precise poverty alleviation” work in XX County of Henan Province show that the accountability system has promoted the initiative of grassroots cadres such as county townships and towns to a certain extent. However, because of too much emphasis on results-oriented, lack of incentives, and fault-tolerant and error-correcting mechanisms, it has led to paradoxes such as "do not be responsible for doing things", "less need to do less responsibility", and "doing full responsibility." Through the "due diligence" mechanism, this paradox can be resolved, and the "accountability system" can be truly exerted on the incentives and constraints of grassroots cadres.


Accountability, Grassroots Cadres, Due Diligence