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By Allen Carlson, Mary E. Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, Melanie Manion

ISBN-10: 0521155762

ISBN-13: 9780521155762

Modern chinese language Politics: assets, equipment, and box techniques considers how new and numerous assets and techniques are altering the research of chinese language politics. members spanning 3 generations in China reviews position their specified qualitative and quantitative methodological techniques within the framework of the self-discipline and aspect to demanding situations or possibilities (or either) of adapting new resources and strategies to the examine of up to date China. How do we extra successfully use new resources and strategies of information assortment? How do we greater combine the examine of chinese language politics into the self-discipline of political technology, to the betterment of either? How will we extra safely deal with the logistical and moral difficulties of doing political examine within the demanding chinese language surroundings? In addressing those questions, this accomplished methodological survey may be of huge curiosity to graduate scholars heading into the sphere for the 1st time and skilled students seeking to maintain abreast of the cutting-edge within the learn of chinese language politics.

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The following is a brief description of what can be found in the cabinets of the petitioning bureaus: (1) registration forms for letters and visits; (2) case files that include petition letters, meeting minutes, and investigation reports; (3) governmental reports on petitioning events; (4) periodic summaries and analyses of petitions, work reports by petitioning officials, and speeches by local or central leaders concerning petitioning work; and (5) statistical data compiled by the petitioning bureaus.

When little reliable information is available from elections and public opinion polls, petitions and appeals constitute an important source of information about popular preferences. Another purpose is to hold governmental agents accountable. With few alternative sources, such as a reliable media, the party-state must identify the misdeeds of its agents through negative feedback from petitioners. 3 Finally, the party-state can also garner information about the most volatile segments of the population by monitoring the petitioning activities.

The regime has also proven to be very adaptive. When the leadership was alerted to the rise of popular contention, the organizations and procedures of the petitioning system were substantially improved. Consequently, the petitioning system has begun to produce richer and better data. Furthermore, the archival system has become more open. This is not to suggest that governmental data are readily available to everyone. Some conventional strategies for conducting fieldwork in China are still very important.

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