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Collective Resistance in China : Why Popular Protests Succeed or Fail

By: Cai, Yongshun.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asi Ser: Publisher: Redwood City : Stanford University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (302 p.).ISBN: 9780804773737.Subject(s): China -- Politics and government -- 1976-2002 | China -- Politics and government -- 2002- | Electronic books. -- local | Political participation -- China | Protest movements -- China | Social movements -- ChinaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Collective Resistance in China : Why Popular Protests Succeed or FailDDC classification: 303.60951090 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents -- Figures and Tables -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Social Conflicts and Collective Resistance in China -- 3. Obstacles to Successful Resistance in China -- 4. Issue Linkage and Effective Resistance -- 5. Social Networks and Effective Resistance -- 6. The Power of Disruptive Collective Action -- 7. The Limits of Disruptive Tactics: The Use of Violence -- 8. Popular Resistance and Policy Adjustment -- 9. Conclusion -- Appendixes -- A. China General Social Survey 2005 (China GSS 2005) -- B. My Collection of 266 Cases -- C. Examples of Large-Scale Protests
D. Data on Collective Petitions, 1995 -- E. Data on Collective Petitions, 1998 -- F. Data on Collective Petitions, 2002 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: This book addresses the factors that determine the direct and indirect outcomes of collective resistance in contemporary China as well as the government's strategies to maintain social stability amid the numerous social conflicts.
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Contents -- Figures and Tables -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Social Conflicts and Collective Resistance in China -- 3. Obstacles to Successful Resistance in China -- 4. Issue Linkage and Effective Resistance -- 5. Social Networks and Effective Resistance -- 6. The Power of Disruptive Collective Action -- 7. The Limits of Disruptive Tactics: The Use of Violence -- 8. Popular Resistance and Policy Adjustment -- 9. Conclusion -- Appendixes -- A. China General Social Survey 2005 (China GSS 2005) -- B. My Collection of 266 Cases -- C. Examples of Large-Scale Protests

D. Data on Collective Petitions, 1995 -- E. Data on Collective Petitions, 1998 -- F. Data on Collective Petitions, 2002 -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index

This book addresses the factors that determine the direct and indirect outcomes of collective resistance in contemporary China as well as the government's strategies to maintain social stability amid the numerous social conflicts.

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CHOICE Review

Cai's book addresses recent social conflicts and collective resistance in China. It examines why collective resistance succeeds or fails; the importance of social networks for effective resistance; which issues are likely to bring success; and why disruptive tactics, especially the use of violence, usually result in the failure of resistance. At the heart of Cai's analysis is the complex relationship between the local and central governments. Cai (Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology, China) looks at a variety of factors, such as the involvement of high-ranking cadres, to determine when the central government will intervene and when it will tolerate a local government's using repressive, even violent means to end local collective resistance. Cai utilizes a cost-benefit analysis of a local government's willingness to respond favorably to resistance. Two key variables are the cost for government to adjust policy to meet protestors' demands and the vigor of a popular resistance. The broader themes are that collective resistance has greatly influenced state-citizen relations; the constraints on the central government's efforts to make local officials more responsive to citizens' concerns, such as the complexities of punishing high-level officials who are involved; and the financial and political costs of appeasing local resistance. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. Ogden Northeastern University

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Yongshun Cai is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the author of State and Laid-Off Workers in Reform China: The Silence and Collective Action of the Retrenched (2006).

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