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The 'Externalities of Development': Can New Political Institutions Manage Rural Conflict?

Authors Zweig, David Stephen View this author's profile
Issue Date 2000
Source Chinese Society: Change, Conflict, and resistance , / Edited by Elizabeth J. Perry and Mark Selden. London: Routledge, 2000, p. 120-142
Summary 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?
ISBN 0415204909
Language English
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