Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Zouping Revisited – Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County - Stanford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Zouping Revisited: Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County

Jean C. Oi and Steven Goldstein


This book describes how one local government in China has governed a much larger and vastly more complex market economy without any outward changes in the formal institutions of government. The chapters document the subtle but profound changes in the way that established governing bodies operate in practice. Drawing on local fieldwork conducted over many years in a single county, the chapters describe the ways that county agencies have evolved through ad hoc bureaucratic adaptations that have profoundly altered the way that government organs operate. This was not a locality that enjoyed remark ... More

Keywords: authoritarian resilience, governance, institutional agility, bureaucratic adaptation, political change, economic transformation, political selection, cadre training, administrative financing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503604001
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503604001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean C. Oi, editor
Stanford University

Steven Goldstein, editor
Harvard University