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Decentralized Authoritarianism in China
The Communist Party's Control of Local Elites in the Post-Mao Era

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  • Date Published: September 2008
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  • isbn: 9780511421297

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  • China, like many authoritarian regimes, struggles with the tension between the need to foster economic development by empowering local officials and the regime's imperative to control them politically. Landry explores how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) manages local officials in order to meet these goals and perpetuate an unusually decentralized authoritarian regime. Using unique data collected at the municipal, county, and village level, Landry examines in detail how the promotion mechanisms for local cadres have allowed the CCP to reward officials for the development of their localities without weakening political control. His research shows that the CCP's personnel management system is a key factor in explaining China's enduring authoritarianism and proves convincingly that decentralization and authoritarianism can work hand in hand.

    • Proves authoritarianism and decentralization can go hand in hand
    • One of the few books focused on the Chinese Communist party
    • Unique data, including survey of local officials
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    '… the book is rich in empirical data and the analysis provides an interesting insight into the CCP's cadre management system.' Europe-Asia Studies

    'For anyone interested in understanding China's enduring authoritarianism and the mechanisms that hold the system together and yet create mobility among key political actors, this book is a must-read. It represents a major contribution to the field of China studies, but will also be of interest to neighbouring social science disciplines.' Journal of China Quarterly

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511421297
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Authoritarianism and decentralization
    2. Organizing decentralization
    3. Promoting high-level generalists: the management of mayors
    4. Organizational power: the view from within
    5. Explaining cadre rank
    6. The impact of village elections on the appointment of party branch secretaries
    7. Conclusion.

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    Pierre F. Landry, Yale University, Connecticut

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