By Lily L. Tsai

ISBN-10: 0511355599

ISBN-13: 9780511355592

ISBN-10: 0521871972

ISBN-13: 9780521871976

This publication examines the basic factor of the way voters get govt officers to supply them with the roads, faculties, and different public providers they wish through learning groups in rural China. In authoritarian and transitional structures, formal associations for containing govt officers in charge are usually susceptible. the reply, Lily L. Tsai chanced on, lies in a community's social associations. even if formal democratic and bureaucratic associations of responsibility are susceptible, executive officers can nonetheless be topic to casual ideas and norms created by means of neighborhood solidary teams that experience earned excessive ethical status locally.

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Overview of the Book The empirical context of this study is rural China. To give us a foundation for our inquiry, the book opens with a bird’s-eye view of the political and institutional context in which Chinese village governments operate. Chapters 2 and 3 assess how dramatic economic and political reforms and decentralization programs have affected local governance and public goods provision over the last two decades. Chapter 2 outlines the basic institutional arrangements for the provision of local public goods.

A village Party secretary chairs the village Party branch, which also has a deputy secretary and other general Party branch members. Village Party branch members are appointed by the Party committee in the township and approved through a vote by the village’s Party members. In the villages where I conducted fieldwork, village committee and village Party branch members generally met and made decisions about village affairs together. More often than not, the two organizations consist of largely the same people.

1 shows the surveyed provinces outlined in black. Provinces are shaded according to their rural income per capita. Darker provinces have higher rural income per capita. Coastal and inland regions differ significantly from each other in terms of economic development, and north and south China vary greatly in terrain, institutional history, and social organization. 2 shows how the surveyed provinces vary along these two macrodimensions. First, I focused on developing a deep understanding of everyday village politics and governance.

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