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Analyzing the Chinese budgetary responses to COVID-19: balancing prevention and control with socioeconomic recovery

Shaolong Wu (Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China) (Sun Yat-sen Global Health Institute, Institute of State Governance, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)
Muhua Lin (School of Public Administration and Emergency Management, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 27 October 2020

Issue publication date: 24 November 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to analyze the scope and magnitude of Chinese budgetary responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

This study analyzes budgetary response in China by means of public reports, news reports and policy documents.

Findings

The Chinese responses were comprehensive, flexible and fast. Through the normal authorization process, simplifying procedures of budget allocation and special legislative approval after the surge of COVID-19 cases, China used many budgetary measures to help suffering businesses and households to buffer the economic difficulties caused by the pandemic. It also increased public health spending very quickly so subnational governments could control and prevent the pandemic with the necessary resources. International relief efforts have also been increased. These findings show the unique strength of the Chinese political system, which is very flexible and quick in resource mobilization.

Originality/value

This study offers a quick review of the Chinese budgetary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also highlights some of the future concerns and needs of the Chinese government in domestic and global health areas.

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Citation

Wu, S. and Lin, M. (2020), "Analyzing the Chinese budgetary responses to COVID-19: balancing prevention and control with socioeconomic recovery", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 929-937. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-08-2020-0142

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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