The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China by Joseph FewsmithThe Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China by Joseph Fewsmith

The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China

byJoseph Fewsmith

Paperback | February 18, 2013

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In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.
Title:The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:February 18, 2013Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1107612543

ISBN - 13:9781107612549


Table of Contents

1. The problem of governance in China; 2. Bottom-up reform versus top-down development; 3. Inner-party democracy; 4. Wenzhou: social capital without civil society; 5. Consultative authoritarianism: the Wenling model; 6. Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"Joseph Fewsmith, one of America's best-informed China watchers, reads widely in Chinese. Over the past six years, he has traveled around many regions of China to see how badly needed reforms are proceeding. He has found that they have not succeeded, and here he tells us why." - Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University