If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Journal Article

Institutions and Inequality in Single-Party Regimes: A Comparative Analysis of Vietnam and China

Edmund Malesky, Regina Abrami and Yu Zheng
Comparative Politics
Vol. 43, No. 4 (July 2011), pp. 401-419
https://www.jstor.org/stable/23040636
Page Count: 19
Were these topics helpful?

Select the topics that are inaccurate.

  • Read Online (Free)
  • Download ($14.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Institutions and Inequality in Single-Party Regimes: A Comparative Analysis of Vietnam and China
Preview not available

Abstract

Despite the fact that China and Vietnam have been the world's two fastest growing economies over the past two decades, their income inequality patterns are very different. An examination of the political institutions in the two countries shows that profound differences between these polities influence distributional choices. In particular, as compared to China, elite institutions in Vietnam encourage the construction of broader policymaking coalitions, have more competitive selection processes, and place more constraints on executive decision making. As a result, stronger political motivations exist for Vietnamese leaders to provide equalizing transfers that limit inequality growth among provinces than for Chinese leaders.