Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/218865
Authors: 
Dong, Xiaoge
Voigt, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ILE Working Paper Series No. 35
Abstract: 
This paper shows that courts are not only a crucial part of the rule of law in the conventional sense but that they can also serve an important function in revealing information regarding the performance of lower level governments to the central government, and thereby improve their performance. After having developed a general argument in that vein, the recent reforms to the Chinese court system are partially interpreted as an attempt to make the courts monitoring agents of the central government. Based on primary data from more than 1,000 Chinese local courts, the argument is tested empirically and its hypotheses are largely confirmed.
Subjects: 
Court system of China
court reforms
courts-as-information-providers
courts as monitoring agents
JEL: 
H11
H77
K40
N45
P21
P37
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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