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

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 59%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $11.99   
  • New (7) from $28.74   
  • Used (5) from $11.99   

Overview

Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s political system since Mao Zedong’s death over thirty years ago. The Chinese Communist state, however, seems to have become increasingly adept at responding to challenges ranging from leadership succession and popular unrest to administrative reorganization, legal institutionalization, and global economic integration. What political techniques and procedures have Chinese policymakers employed to manage the unsettling impact of the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history?

As the authors of these essays demonstrate, China’s political system allows for more diverse and flexible input than would be predicted from its formal structures. Many contemporary methods of governance have their roots in techniques of policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC—techniques that emphasize continual experimentation. China’s long revolution had given rise to this guerrilla-style decisionmaking as a way of dealing creatively with pervasive uncertainty. Thus, even in a post-revolutionary PRC, the invisible hand of Chairman Mao—tamed, tweaked, and transformed—plays an important role in China’s adaptive governance.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Miller-McCune.com

One of the most sophisticated works of this sort.
— Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The China Beat

This is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking books published in recent years on the critical questions about China's developmental path and the role of history.
— Chen Xi

New York Review of Books

Mao's Invisible Hand is one of those books that make one feel good about scholarship. It describes inner workings of Chinese Communist society about which few nonexperts know anything—it may even surprise the experts—and it will interest anyone professionally interested in China. Its central purpose is to explain how China has escaped the disintegration of other Communist states.
— Jonathan Mirsky

Miller-McCune.com - Jeffrey Wasserstrom
One of the most sophisticated works of this sort.
The China Beat - Chen Xi
This is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking books published in recent years on the critical questions about China's developmental path and the role of history.
New York Review of Books - Jonathan Mirsky
Mao's Invisible Hand is one of those books that make one feel good about scholarship. It describes inner workings of Chinese Communist society about which few nonexperts know anything--it may even surprise the experts--and it will interest anyone professionally interested in China. Its central purpose is to explain how China has escaped the disintegration of other Communist states.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674060630
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Harvard Contemporary China Series , #17
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,364,515
  • 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.

Read More Show Less

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

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)