Understanding China

Tamed Village “Democracy”

Elections, Governance and Clientelism in a Contemporary Chinese Village

Authors: Wang, Guohui

  • An insider’s in-depth exploration of village politics in contemporary rural China, among the first books of its kind in English literature
  • Applies a clientelist perspective to explain the state-society relationship in Chinese politics
  • Accessible and interesting for both China researchers and general readers keen on understanding Chinese society and Chinese political culture
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About this book

Wang's book offers an empirically rich and conceptually nuanced analysis of how local state agents maintain control over village self-governance in China. His careful analysis of primary documents enables him to explicate the formal mechanisms used by members of the local state to influence village affairs. Meanwhile, his rigorous and fascinating ethnographic data enable him to elucidate the manifold ways in which informal clientelist ties between local state officials and village elites permit the former to exert control. Overall, this excellent book powerfully demonstrates the need for scholars to go beyond attention to election processes when evaluating what village democracy means in a Chinese context. It is a must-read for all serious scholars of Chinese politics and society.

—Rachel Murphy, University of Oxford

Guohui Wang's highly original, in-depth case research vividly reveals the dynamics of contemporary Chinese village politics. By combining abundant empirical data with close observation as an "insider," his book illustrates the processes and consequences of transplanting 'democracy' into rural Chinese society. Particularly for those in the West who are keen on understanding the ongoing transformation of rural China, this book is a rich and revealing source.

—Shukai Zhao, Development Research Center of the State Council, P.R. China

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wang, Guohui

    Pages 1-24

  • The Social and System Background of Villagers’ Self-Governance

    Wang, Guohui

    Pages 25-44

  • Villagers as Clients and “Locked-In” Voters

    Wang, Guohui

    Pages 45-63

  • Candidates, Patrons and Factions

    Wang, Guohui

    Pages 65-86

  • The Role of Local State Officials in Village Elections

    Wang, Guohui

    Pages 87-106

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-54057-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-51405-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tamed Village “Democracy”
Book Subtitle
Elections, Governance and Clientelism in a Contemporary Chinese Village
Authors
Series Title
Understanding China
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-54058-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-54058-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-54057-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51405-4
Series ISSN
2196-3134
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 177
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