Patronage and power : local state networks and party-state resilience in China
- Ben Hillman.
- Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 
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- Physical description
- viii, 208 pages ; 24 cm
- Hillman, Ben, author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-197) and index.
- Village politics and social organization
- The dynamics of village/township relations
- Political competition in two townships : elections, violence and rural social networks
- The power center of the local state : the county and prefecture governments
- Political competition over state-funded programs
- Political competition over local resources.
Power and Patronage examines the unwritten rules and inner workings of contemporary China's local politics and government. It exposes how these rules have helped to keep the one-Party state together during decades of tumultuous political, social, and economic change.While many observers of Chinese politics have recognized the importance of informal institutions, this book explains how informal local groups actually operate, paying special attention to the role of patronage networks in political decision-making, political competition, and official corruption. While patronage networks are often seen as a parasite on the formal institutions of state, Hillman shows that patronage politics actually help China's political system function. In a system characterized by fragmented authority, personal power relations, and bureaucratic indiscipline, patronage networks play a critical role in facilitating policy coordination and bureaucratic bargaining. They also help to regulate political competition within the state, which reduces the potential for open conflict. Understanding patronage networks is essential for understanding the resilience of the Chinese state through decades of change.Power and Patronage is filled with rich and fascinating accounts of the machinations of patronage networks and their role in the ruthless and sometimes violent competition for political power.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Local government > China, Southwest.
- Villages > China, Southwest.
- Social networks > China, Southwest.
- Patronage, Political > China, Southwest.
- China, Southwest > Politics and government.
- China, Southwest > Rural conditions.
- Local government.
- Patronage, Political.
- Politics and government
- Rural conditions.
- Social networks.
- China, Southwest.
- Ländlicher Raum.
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- 9780804789363 (cloth ; alk. paper)
- 0804789363 (cloth ; alk. paper)
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