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Title: The 'externalities of development' : can new political institutions manage rural conflict?
Authors: Zweig, David
Keywords: China
Rural development
Social conflicts
Issue Date: 10-Mar-1999
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in the Social Sciences ; No. 45
Abstract: Rapid economic development is highly destabilizing, and in China today ‘externalities’ associated with accelerated economic growth are generating widespread protests. Thus the pages of newspapers worldwide – in Hong Kong, New York and even China – are replete with detailed stories of villagers joining together in protest marches. But as Hungtington warned, if political demands overwhelm weak political institutions, political participation can trigger ‘political decay’. But what is the current situation in rural China today? Why do protests appear to be so frequent? What are the political and legal institutions that the leadership hopes will manage this increased demand for conflict resolution?
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