Is China a Leviathan?
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This paper offers a new data set and window to empirically test Leviathan theory in the sense of China's transition economy. By combining time series and cross-section regression analysis and various variables used by previous empirical studies, we test the Leviathan hypothesis for vertical decentralization, horizontal fragmentation and intergovernmental collusion at national and provincial level, respectively. Our empirical results lend support to Leviathan hypothesis, especially, under the condition of absence of traditional democratic electoral constraint.
- H1 : Structure and Scope of Government
- P35 : Public Economics
- P24 : National Income, Product, and Expenditure; Money; Inflation
- F23 : Multinational Firms; International Business
- M14 : Corporate Culture; Social Responsibility
- M : Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting
- government size
- subprovincial government expenditure
- government expenditure
- time series
- time series regression