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Harvard Contemporary China Series 20

Evolutionary Governance in China

State–Society Relations under Authoritarianism

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$32.95 • £26.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674251199

Publication Date: 02/09/2021


400 pages

6 x 9 inches

11 color photos, 13 illustrations, 21 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard Contemporary China Series


  • List of Tables and Figures
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Contributors
  • List of Abbreviations
  • I. Introduction
    • 1. Evolutionary Governance in China: State–Society Interactions under Authoritarianism [Kellee S. Tsai]
    • 2. Measuring State–Society Interactions in China’s Evolutionary Governance: Examining Extant Literature (2005–2015) [Szu-chien Hsu and Chun-chih Chang]
  • II. Community Governance
    • 3. Participation under Authoritarianism? Legislative Impact of Homeowner Activism in Beijing [Yousun Chung]
    • 4. Cellularized Civil Society: Public Participation in Community Governance [Szu-chien Hsu and Muyi Chou]
    • 5. Contention and Inclusion of a Grassroots Community: Conflict over Rural Land Requisition in Nanhai, Guangdong [Yi-chun Tao]
  • III. Environmental and Public Health Governance
    • 6. AIDS Governance in China: Transitional Tripartite Interaction among State, Societal, and International Actors [Chanhsi Wang]
    • 7. Not a Zero-Sum Game: State–Society Interaction and Anti-Incinerator Campaigns in China [Szu-chien Hsu and Chin-chih Wang]
  • IV. Economic and Labor Governance
    • 8. Decentralized and Differential Labor Policy Governance: Implementation of China’s Labor Contract Law in the Pearl River Delta [Chih-peng Cheng]
    • 9. Governing Foreign Capitalists in the Name of Workers: Policy Shifts Following Worker Suicides at Foxconn [Thung-Hong Lin]
    • 10. Unintended Consequences of Enhanced Labor Legislation in Reform-Era China [Christina Chen]
  • V. Social and Religious Governance
    • 11. State–Society Interactions in the Campaign against Domestic Violence in China [Weiting Wu]
    • 12. Local Strategies of Engaging the State: The Cultural Legitimation and Heritagization of Mazu Belief [Ming-chun Ku]
    • 13. Governing an “Undesirable” Religion: Shifting Christian Church–State Interactions in Post-Mao China [Ke-hsien Huang]
    • Epilogue [Elizabeth J. Perry]

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