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Political Culture and Participation in Rural China

By Yang Zhong

Routledge – 2011 – 134 pages

Series: China Policy Series

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Description

Despite China’s rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, most Chinese still live in the vast countryside or have rural household registration. Although there was significant economic improvement in rural areas in the 1980s, the rural economy has been stagnating or deteriorating since then, and the book argues that the rural-urban income gap is giving rise to the potential for political instability throughout China. This book, based on extensive original research including interview fieldwork in rural areas, examines the nature of political culture and participation in rural China, discussing issues such as the support, or lack of it, for democratic values; levels of political interest; the ways in which Chinese peasants interact with village and local officials; subjective factors that motivate them to vote, (or not to vote) in village elections; and rural people’s views on market-oriented economic reforms, local and national government, and the Communist Party. The book argues that although hitherto peasants’ riots, sit-ins and demonstrations have been localised and uncoordinated, they are frequent, and have the potential to cause serious political crises for China’s rulers. It concludes by considering the future political development of China’s vast countryside.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. Core Democratic Values and Orientations 3. Support for Market Economy 4. Levels of Political Interest 5. Political Legitimacy and Popular Support 6. To Vote or Not To Vote in Village Elections 7. Do Village Cadres and Villagers Think Alike?

Author Bio

Yang Zhong is Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, USA, and a Changjiang Scholar at School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the author of Local Government and Politics in China: Challenges from Below.

Name: Political Culture and Participation in Rural China (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Yang Zhong. Despite China’s rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, most Chinese still live in the vast countryside or have rural household registration. Although there was significant economic improvement in rural areas in the 1980s, the rural economy...
Categories: Chinese Politics, Political Behavior and Participation, Rural Studies, Political Geography, Chinese Politics, Chinese Studies, Chinese Culture & Society, Political Psychology