Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China (Google eBook)

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Elizabeth J Perry, Merle Goldman
Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 416 pages
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Observers often note the glaring contrast between China's economic progress and its stalled political reforms. This volume, written by experienced scholars, explores a range of grassroots efforts--initiated by the state and society alike--to restrain corrupt behavior and enhance the accountability of local authorities. While the authors offer varying views on the larger significance of these developments, their case studies point to a more dynamic Chinese political system than is often acknowledged.
  

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Contents

Historical Reflections on Grassroots Political Reform in China
1
Henan and Guangdong Provinces
20
3 The Implementation of Village Elections andTaxforFee Reform in Rural Northwest China
48
Causes and Consequences
75
5 Direct Township Elections
97
Informal Institutions of Accountability in Rural China
117
Assessing Homeowners Groups in New Neighborhoods
149
The Defense of Homeowners Rights
174
Labor Legal Aid in the PRC
196
10 Is Labor a Political Force in China?
228
Protest Opportunism in China
253
Hydroelectric Politics in Northwest Yunnan
282
Possibilities and Limits of the Media in Constraining Local Officials
300
Notes
327
Contributors
399
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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.

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