Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$18.81
(Save 36%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $5.00   
  • New (4) from $28.31   
  • Used (8) from $5.00   

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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Choice - G.A. McBeath
This volume indicates the nature of political reform and protest that have accompanied China’s rapid economic development of recent years. In 12 chapters, 14 social scientists from North America, Hong Kong, and China report on a variety of grassroots efforts designed to restrain arbitrary and corrupt official behavior, and to make local government officials more accountable to the public. Based on fieldwork conducted throughout China, the scholars examine cases of village and township elections, fiscal problems of local government, traditional local social institutions, homeowners’ groups, legal aid, labor, and environmental protest, as well as opportunities and limitations on media reporting of official behavior...The volume provides fascinating material on the dynamics of grassroots protests, and is an able companion to Kevin J. O’Brien and Linjiang Li’s Rightful Resistance in Rural China.
Pacific Affairs - Amy Hanser
Elizabeth Perry and Merle Goldman’s new edited volume on grassroots political reform offers a wide-ranging look at local-level governance issues in China today. The collection’s clear strengths are both its scope and the strong empirical work of its contributors. The individual chapters attest to extensive field research, where impressive research access has enabled innovative and careful research designs, yielding new and provocative insights into local politics change in China today.
Choice

This volume indicates the nature of political reform and protest that have accompanied China’s rapid economic development of recent years. In 12 chapters, 14 social scientists from North America, Hong Kong, and China report on a variety of grassroots efforts designed to restrain arbitrary and corrupt official behavior, and to make local government officials more accountable to the public. Based on fieldwork conducted throughout China, the scholars examine cases of village and township elections, fiscal problems of local government, traditional local social institutions, homeowners’ groups, legal aid, labor, and environmental protest, as well as opportunities and limitations on media reporting of official behavior...The volume provides fascinating material on the dynamics of grassroots protests, and is an able companion to Kevin J. O’Brien and Linjiang Li’s Rightful Resistance in Rural China.
— G.A. McBeath

Pacific Affairs

Elizabeth Perry and Merle Goldman’s new edited volume on grassroots political reform offers a wide-ranging look at local-level governance issues in China today. The collection’s clear strengths are both its scope and the strong empirical work of its contributors. The individual chapters attest to extensive field research, where impressive research access has enabled innovative and careful research designs, yielding new and provocative insights into local politics change in China today.
— Amy Hanser

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674024861
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Series: Harvard Contemporary China Series , #14
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)