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Village Governance in Chinese History

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Wang, Jianxun
Conference: Mini-Conference of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: April 29-May 1
Date: 2006
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5013
Sector: History
Social Organization
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): state and local governance
political change
institutional analysis--IAD framework
Abstract: "How were villages organized and constituted in Chinese history? How were decisions made in the communities? How were public goods and services provided there? What are the changes and continuities of village organization and governance in the history? This paper is an effort to answer these questions by providing a historical account of rural society. The discussion is sectioned along the line of time, including Imperial (221 BC - 1912), Republican (1912 -1949), and Mao's China and after (1949 - present). Since Chinese history is very long and complicated, the discussion provided here is nothing more than a sketch. Moreover, it is necessary to note that the analysis mainly relies on secondary sources, especially those works in historical scholarship."

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