Selective policy implementation in rural China

Kevin J. O’BRIEN, Lianjiang LI

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How do Chinese local officials distinguish between policies that must be executed and those they can safely ignore? Selective implementation is an outgrowth of the institutions that govern cadre management. As a result of one-level-down management, the end of mass campaigns, and cadre responsibility systems, local officials have urged villagers to pay their taxes, accept cremation, and practice birth control but to ignore less measurable policies that forbid excessive extraction and coercive behavior. The article also discusses efforts to address misimplementation, including "rightful resistance" by aggrieved villagers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Management: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management
EditorsStephen P. OSBORNE
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780415233804
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCritical Perspectives on Business and Management


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