Journal article

Targeted Poverty Alleviation in China: A Typology of Official-Household Relations

Georgina Davie, Mark Wang, Sarah Rogers, Jie Li

PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

‘Targeted Poverty Alleviation’ (TPA) is the Chinese government’s latest anti-poverty policy, aiming to lift the remaining 70 million Chinese citizens above the poverty line by 2020. The TPA scheme is novel in that every impoverished household is paired one-on-one with a local government official, who then bears responsibility for the eradication of their poverty. Despite being at the core of TPA, this pairing mechanism has received little academic attention. Based on an empirical case study of ten households across two villages in rural Shaanxi Province, China, this article aims to investigate this pairing mechanism at the micro level and its outcomes for poverty alleviation, in order to bet..

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