The central government communicates its priorities to lower levels of government through national development strategies, the five-year plans and targets such as ‘grain security’. These indicate which economic activities are appropriate and become manifest in the incentives that 5,7-dihydroxychromone guide local government. Over three decades the intense growth orientation of national policy has been the primary influence and criterion for local government decision making and career progression of local officials (Marquis et al., 2011).
For example, Burns and Zhou, 2010, list the performance targets of a township government in 2005. The priority and “functional” (p. 15) targets included the value of agricultural production, income targets for township enterprises, and revenue targets; secondary to these was a vague target to protect farm land. As the ORS has developed exothermic has increasingly focused on measurable targets for inputs and outputs, but little on outcomes such as improving efficiency, equity or sustainability ( Burns and Zhou, 2010).