Transforming Rural China: How Local Institutions Shape Property Rights in China [NOOK Book]

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Since the introduction of economic reforms in the late 1970s, rural China has undergone a profound and at times devastating transformation
from a state-run economy and society to one of private ownership. In Transforming Rural China, Chen shows that this transformation has not
necessarily taken the form of free market capitalism, as many believe, but in fact has assumed different forms in different parts of ...

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Transforming Rural China: How Local Institutions Shape Property Rights in China

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Overview

Since the introduction of economic reforms in the late 1970s, rural China has undergone a profound and at times devastating transformation
from a state-run economy and society to one of private ownership. In Transforming Rural China, Chen shows that this transformation has not
necessarily taken the form of free market capitalism, as many believe, but in fact has assumed different forms in different parts of the
country. Based on years of extensive research in villages in the Yangtze Delta region and Southern Fujian, Chen provides shocking insight into the workings of China’s local economy and society -- how party officials have become entrepreneurs, building economic success on the
backs of workers and peasants, and how and why entrepreneurs have been assimilated into the party. What emerges is a disturbing picture of
property rights transformation lying far outside of the aims and control of the central government, and is wrapped in the utter disharmony of particular local institutions.

Author Biography:
Chih-Jou Jay Chen is Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica.

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'Hail the brilliance of Chen Chih-jou. He has smashed this common (mis)understanding of China in a book that is nothing short of revolutionary in how we must come to understand China: in disunity' - Asia Times Online

'This is one of the most insightful books on contemporary China, and arguably the most important.' - Asia Times Online

'Debates over the role of the local state in China's market transition have generated an important substream of scholarship exploring changes in rural property rights. This book is a welcome contribution to the topic.' - The China Journal

'Chih-jou jay Chen's recourse to a sociologial approach opens new perspectives for research into the development of property rights as they affect China's rural enterprises.' - China Perspectives

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Meet the Author

Chih-Jou Jay Chen is Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction: Notes from the field

1. Explaining Property Rights Transformations

Part 1 The Yangtze Delta Property Rights Transformations

2. The Yangtze Delta in the Reform Era

3. The Yangtze Delta in the Post-Reform Era

4. Shuang Village: The case study Part 2 Southern Fujian Property Rights Transformations

5. Southern Fujian under Economic Reforms

6. Hancun Village: The case study

7. Local Institutions and the Future of China

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