The Chinese State in Transition
Processes and contests in local China
Edited by Linda Chelan Li
Routledge – 2009 – 192 pages
One of the more commonly and widely held beliefs outside the People’s Republic of China about the changes wrought by the reform era is that there has been no political change The attention of the outside world focuses inevitably on Beijing and national level politics. Nonetheless, it may actually be at the more local levels that changes in politics and the state are most obviously made manifest
The contributions to this volume clearly and convincingly demonstrate that the state and politics in China have changed considerably since the beginning of the 1980s. An international line up of experts explore the meanings of local initiatives through case studies, assessing their contribution to improving governance, questioning how they can be sustained, and revealing the political nature of normative standards. Each contribution focuses on a different policy area including cultural strategies, housing, land politics, corruption, peasants’ burden and cadre reforms, women and gender, and international relations.
The Chinese State in Transition is an important read for students and scholars of Chinese politics, social and public policy, and governance.
Introduction: The state in transition Linda Chelan Li 1.Cultural Strategies of Development: Implications for village governance Tim Oakes 2.Neoliberalizing Chinese Cities: Housing reform and urbanization James Lee and Ya-peng Zhu 3.Embedded Institutionalization: Sustaining rural tax reform Linda Chelan Li 4.Corruption and Governance: The dual roles of local governments in market reform Ting Gong 5.Land and Power Brokering in China’s Townships You-tien Hsing 6.Diversity and Evolution in the State-in-society: International influences in combating violence against women Louise Edwards 7.‘Peaceful Rise’ and China’s New International Contract: The state in change in transnational society Chengxin Pan Conclusion: News from the front David S G Goodman Bibliography
Linda Chelan Li is Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong.