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Local Government Corporatization: Pros and Cons


Since reform and opening-up, the Chinese government has shifted the focus of work onto economic development and created the "Chinese Miracle" with a continued and high-speed growth.

Can Petition Resolve Grassroots Conflicts?


With a review of the history of farmers' petition through letters and visits, it could be found that China's rural conflicts have taken on some new features after China's entry into the 21st century.

Township Governments and Disorderly Grassroots Governance


Township governments are executive bodies assuming the responsibility for executing state power at township level.

Crisis and Reform: Governance of County and Township Governments


Since the turn of the new century, the county and township governments have witnessed major changes relating to their position in the government system.

A Proper Approach towards the Flow of Rural Population


The large-scale migration of farmers in various regions has become a big issue in China's social and economic life since reform and also a major fact in the course of the modernization drive in China's rural areas.

Survival Strategies of Different Townships


As China's rural tax-for-fees reform keeps deepening, some problems of township fiscal crisis gradually emerge.

Grassroots Government: Institutional Conflict and Governance Crisis


The effectiveness of state governance system and governance ability is reflected in the performance of grassroots governance.

Villagers' Self-Governance: Review and Preview


Villagers' self-governance in China has gone through almost three decades though we knew even then that the road for China's grassroots democracy would not be smooth.