Support for Economic and Political Change in the China Countryside

Support for Economic and Political Change in the China Countryside : An Empirical Study of Cadres and Villagers in Four Counties, 1990 and 1996

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Samuel J. Eldersveld and Mingming Shen, the authors of this important 'two-wave' study, illuminate a unique and richly contoured view of Chinese attitudes about political and economic reform. They base their findings on the responses of a panel of over 800 mass respondents, approximately 1,300 interviews with villagers, and 250 interviews with cadres. The authors provide extensive analysis of their data and find that the level of popular support for reform and support for democratic values is surprisingly high. Of particular interest is the examination of support for political, specifically citizen, participation-contacting officials, attending party and village meetings, and voting for village committees. The authors find significant variance in mass and cadres beliefs, but Eldersveld and Shen's findings provide impressive new data for the study of economic and political development in China, and the possibility of democracy in the future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739102524
  • 9780739102527

Table of contents

Chapter 1 China as a Transitional Society: Issues and Theories Chapter 2 Mass and Cadre Support for Economic Reform Chapter 3 Political Reforms: Their Dual Significance for China's Transition Chapter 4 The Place of Values in China's Development Process Chapter 5 Political Participation: Its Meaning for Development in China Chapter 6 Economic and Political Change in the Chinese Countryside: How Significant are Our Findings?
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Studying this significant research project is required of anyone wishing to gain insights into the future of the world's largest and in many respects least politically and economically resolved society. CHOICE
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About Mingming Shen

Samuel J. Eldersveld is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Michigan. Mingming Shen is Associate Professor of Political Science at Peking University.
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