Return to Value Rationality, Focusing on The Reform of the Household Registration System under the Regulation of Local Government: Based on Chengdu’s “Dual-Track and Parallel” Settlement Policy


Household registration system
Chengdu talent settlement
Government behavior
Rational value
Rational tools
Institutional change




This study believes that effective local government regulation is the key to achieving successful household registration governance, that is, in the system creation and policy formulation, tool rationality returns to value rationality. The characteristics of “political people” and “economic people” in local governments encourage them to make rational decisions in the reform of the household registration system, resulting in household registration policies that are often highly directional and purposeful, making it difficult to consider development efficiency and social fairness. Chengdu’s “dual-track parallel” settlement strategy is a behavior choice for local governments to return to value rationality, reflecting Chengdu municipal government’s “social people” feature. It achieves a balance between meeting the needs of talents and building a healthy household registration proportion by correlating “conditional entry” and “integral entry.” This not only realizes the absorption of high-quality talents, but also provides settlement channels for outsiders with limited conditions.