Mao's Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China

Mao's Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China

by Sebastian Heilmann
     
 

Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s Communist state since Mao’s death. Yet policymakers have managed the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history. This book shows that many contemporary techniques of governance have their roots in experimental policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC.See more details below

Overview

Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s Communist state since Mao’s death. Yet policymakers have managed the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history. This book shows that many contemporary techniques of governance have their roots in experimental policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674060630
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Series:
Harvard Contemporary China Series, #17
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sebastian Heilmann is Professor of Comparative Government and the Political Economy of China at the University of Trier.

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

Patricia M. Thornton is University Lecturer in the Politics of China at Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Contributors xi

List of Tables and Figures xii

Abbreviations xiii

1 Embracing Uncertainty: Guerrilla Policy Style and Adaptive Governance in China Sebastian Heilmann Elizabeth J. Perry 1

2 From Mass Campaigns to Managed Campaigns: "Constructing a New Socialist Countryside" Elizabeth J. Perry 30

3 Policy-Making through Experimentation: The Formation of a Distinctive Policy Process Sebastian Heilmann 62

4 Learning through Practice and Experimentation: The Financing of Rural Health Care Wang Shaoguang 102

5 Governing Civil Society: Adapting Revolutionary Methods to Serve Post-Communist Goals Nara Dillon 138

6 A Return to Populist Legality? Historical Legacies and Legal Reform Benjamin L. Liebman 165

7 Sustaining and Contesting Revolutionary Legacies in Media and Ideology Yuezhi Zhao 201

8 Retrofitting the Steel Frame: From Mobilizing the Masses to Surveying the Public Patricia M. Thornton 237

9 The Elusive Search for Effective Sub-County Governance Joseph Fawsmith 269

10 Central-Local Dynamics: Historical Continuities and Institutional Resilience Jae Ho Chung 297

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