Township Governance And Institutionalization In China, 1st Edition

  • Published By: World Scientific Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 9814405922
  • ISBN-13: 9789814405928
  • DDC: 320.8
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 380 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This unique volume takes a very different approach to township or xiangzhen governance. It explores the structural constraints on township governance and the way that these constraints influence the day-to-day behavior of Chinese rural grassroots government leaders. Based on thoroughgoing interviews with township and village cadres and villagers, the book depicts how individual actions affect and are affected by the underlying institutional arrangements and hence captures the dynamic micro functions of grassroots government as well as macro evolutions of overarching political institutions in China. The down-to-earth presentation of this book engages readers to deeply feel the genuine life and dilemmas of cadres at the rural grassroots levels in China.The goal of this book is to analyze the fiscal standing, power structure and public service functions of township governments in the context of its subtle relationships with upper level governments as well as with sub-level villages and the rural grassroots society. Its comprehensive documentation and in-depth discussion provide the best depiction of rural governance in contemporary China.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Progress of Township Governance Studies.
2: Organizational and Personnel Structure.
3: Fiscal Standing and Debt Crisis.
4: Power and Accountability.
5: Control Systems.
6: Public Services of Township Governments.
7: Township Government in Prospect.
8: Government Functions and Alienation of Institutions.
9: Institutionalization of Governments and Reforms.
Appendix I: Interview Outline of Town Leaders.
Appendix II: Interview Outline of the Village Leaders.