Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China / Edition 1

Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China / Edition 1

by Elizabeth J. Perry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674024869

ISBN-13: 9780674024861

Pub. Date: 03/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard

Observers often note the glaring contrast between China's stunning economic progress and stalled political reforms. Although sustained growth in GNP has not brought democratization at the national level, this does not mean that the Chinese political system has remained unchanged. At the grassroots level, a number of important reforms have been implemented in the

Overview

Observers often note the glaring contrast between China's stunning economic progress and stalled political reforms. Although sustained growth in GNP has not brought democratization at the national level, this does not mean that the Chinese political system has remained unchanged. At the grassroots level, a number of important reforms have been implemented in the last two decades.

This volume, written by scholars who have undertaken substantial fieldwork in China, explores a range of grassroots efforts--initiated by the state and society alike--intended to restrain arbitrary and corrupt official behavior and enhance the accountability of local authorities. Topics include village and township elections, fiscal reforms, legal aid, media supervision, informal associations, and popular protests. While the authors offer varying assessments of the larger significance of these developments, their case studies point to a more dynamic Chinese political system than is often acknowledged. When placed in historical context--as in the Introduction--we see that reforms in local governance are hardly a new feature of Chinese political statecraft and that the future of these experiments is anything but certain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024861
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Series:
Harvard Contemporary China Series, #14
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
List of Abbreviations     ix
Introduction: Historical Reflections on Grassroots Political Reform in China   Elizabeth J. Perry   Merle Goldman     1
Village Elections, Transparency, and Anticorruption: Henan and Guangdong Provinces   Richard Levy     20
The Implementation of Village Elections and Tax-for-Fee Reform in Rural Northwest China   John James Kennedy     48
Fiscal Crisis in China's Townships: Causes and Consequences   Jean C. Oi   Zhao Shukai     75
Direct Township Elections   Lianjiang Li     97
The Struggle for Village Public Goods Provision: Informal Institutions of Accountability in Rural China   Lily L. Tsai     117
Inadvertent Political Reform via Private Associations: Assessing Homeowners' Groups in New Neighborhoods   Benjamin L. Read     149
Civil Resistance and Rule of Law in China: The Defense of Homeowners' Rights   Yongshun Cai     174
"Hope for Protection and Hopeless Choices": Labor Legal Aid in the PRC   Mary E. Gallagher     196
Is Labor a Political Force in China?   Ching Kwan Lee     228
Between Defiance and Obedience: Protest Opportunism in China   Xi Chen     253
In Search of theGrassroots: Hydroelectric Politics in Northwest Yunnan   Ralph Litzinger     282
Public Opinion Supervision: Possibilities and Limits of the Media in Constraining Local Officials   Yuezhi Zhao   Sun Wusan     300
Notes     327
Contributors     399

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