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Table 1 Comparison of the effects of competition for attention

From: Competition for attention in the Chinese bureaucracy

  Year Contents Overall effects
Legal service (provincial government) 2014 1. Provincial government work report 2. Provincial government’s plan outline 3. Ministry of Justice issued guidance 4. Investigation of Vice-Minister of Justice 1. Financial support from provincial and other local finance bureaus 2. No cooperation between bureaus 3. No assessment and accountability mechanisms, only standardized plan
2015 Joint investigation and research by the vice-governor, deputy secretary of the political and legal committee, and deputy director of the general office of the provincial government
Legal adviser (party committee) 2014 1. Two written instructions by the secretary from the provincial party committee 2. Listed as a key point of the provincial party standing committee 3. Two general offices issued documents 4. Teleconference of provincial committee, Provincial People’s Congress, and the Political and Legal Committee 1. All levels of party committees issued concrete implementations or proposed regulations 2. Defined the tasks and responsibilities of relevant bureaus, assured sufficient financial support, and established joint meeting system 3. Provincial People’s Congress formulated the assessment system, dual evaluation method, People’s Congresses at all level assessed the law-based administration of governments 4. Eight leaders of provincial justice bureau were responsible to supervise eight jurisdictions
2015 1. Listed as priority supervised by the provincial party standing committee 2. Provincial government work report 3. Deputy Secretary of the provincial party committee, governor, secretary of the political and legal committee, members of the provincial party standing committee, executive vice governor, vice governor held the summary meeting 4. Vice-governor and deputy secretary of the political and legal committee held an on-site meeting 5. The provincial finance bureau issued documents 6. Vice-governor and deputy secretary of the political and legal committee held a working meeting 7. Provincial party committee, secretary of thepolitical and legal committee, and vice-governor held a lawyer conference