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- DescriptionObservers often te the glaring contrast between China's stunning ecomic progress and stalled political reforms. Although sustained growth in GNP has t brought democratization at the national level, this does t 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 behaviour 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 ackwledged. 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.
- Author BiographyElizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University. Merle Goldman is Professor Emerita of Chinese History at Boston University.
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication13/03/2007
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleHarvard Contemporary China Series
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 14
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note18 tables
- Weight554 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edited byElizabeth J. Perry,Merle Goldman
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