9780804769044

Accepting Authoritarianism : State-Society Relations in China's Reform Era

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804769044

  • ISBN10:

    0804769044

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/8/2010
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

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Summary

Why hasn't the emergence of capitalism led China's citizenry to press for liberal democratic change? This book argues that China's combination of state-led development, late industrialization, and socialist legacies have affected popular perceptions of socioeconomic mobility, economic dependence on the state, and political options, giving citizens incentives to perpetuate the political status quo and disincentives to embrace liberal democratic change. Wright addresses the ways in which China's political and economic development shares broader features of state-led late industrialization and post-socialist transformation with countries as diverse as Mexico, India, Tunisia, Indonesia, South Korea, Brazil, Russia, and Vietnam. With its detailed analysis of China's major socioeconomic groups (private entrepreneurs, state sector workers, private sector workers, professionals and students, and farmers),Accepting Authoritarianismis an up-to-date, comprehensive, and coherent text on the evolution of state-society relations in reform-era China.

Author Biography

Teresa Wright is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. She is also the author of The Perils of Protest: State Repression and Student Activism in China.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Private Entrepreneursp. 37
Professionalsp. 58
Rank-and-File State Sector Workersp. 85
Rank-and-file Private Sector Workersp. 116
Farmersp. 136
Conclusionp. 162
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 243
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