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Government personnel allowance systems in contemporary China and the Renzong period

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This thesis considers government personnel allowance systems in contemporary China and the Renzong period. The main aim is to prove that the GPAS should be the main focus of future reforms to public institutions in contemporary China. This research project is significant in the context that the government of China is experiencing a crisis of confidence which is closely linked to the GPAS. This thesis has critically discussed four research questions: why merely cutting FSP cannot reduce the public administrative cost; what disadvantages the GPAS has; how the GPAS is linked to corruption; and why the previous reforms of the GPAS failed. The answers to these questions make this project especially distinctive in its field, because it crosses two disciplines: public administration and ancient Chinese history. Assessing the GPAS of the Renzong period of the Northern Song Dynasty on a comparative basis fulfills the research aim. Hence this thesis can confidently conclude that contemporary China should deepen the reforms of the GPAS.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. The scale of government personnel in contemporary China and the Renzong period -- Chapter 3. Disadvantages of the GPAS -- Chapter 4. Corruption and abuse of public funds -- Chapter 5. Reform to the GPAS -- Chapter 6. Conclusion -- References.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 82-92

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Department, Centre or School

Department of International Studies, Languages and Cultures

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Huiling Xu


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