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Patronage and Power: Local State Networks and Party-State Resilience in Rural China

Ben Hillman


Drawing on more than a decade of fieldwork in a rural southwest China county, this book examines the unwritten rules of Chinese officialdom and suggests that these rules have helped to hold the one-Party state together during decades of tumultuous political, social, and economic change. While scholars have long recognized the importance of informal institutions in Chinese politics, this study goes behind the scenes to explain how informal institutions actually operate. The book pays special attention to the role of patronage networks in political decision making, political competition, and off ... More

Keywords: Chinese politics, party-state resilience, informal institutions, patronage networks, corruption, rural China, local governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789363
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Hillman, author