Support for anti-corruption campaigns in rural China

Lianjiang LI*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Based on data collected in a survey conducted in six Chinese provinces at the end of 1997 and early 1998, this article offers a preliminary analysis of why some peasants wished to see Mao-style anti-corruption campaigns. It shows that the support for campaigns is negatively correlated with the respondents' evaluation of local officials' performance in governing by law, their confidence in the equality before the law, and their assessment of the effectiveness of lawful participation. It concludes that popular support for mass mobilization could contribute to rural instability as Chinese farmers become increasingly impatient with the regime's failure to control corruption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-586
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number29
Early online date2 Aug 2001
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Lianjiang Li is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. For generous financial support, he would like to thank the Asia Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. For helpful comments on earlier drafts, he thanks Thomas Bernstein, Bruce Dickson, Melanie Manion, Kevin O’Brien, Michael Schoenhals, Tianjian Shi, Herbert Yee, and two anonymous referees. He would also like to thank Nancy Hearst for her excellent editorial assistance.


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