Transforming Rural China

How Local Institutions Shape Property Rights in China

By Chih-Jou Jay Chen

© 2004 – Routledge

232 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

It is often assumed that privatization leads to profit, and that well-delineated property rights and a strong private sector will help boost an economy. This book investigates the property rights in Chinese enterprises in the reform era, finding that distinction between the public and the private are blurred, that national reform policies are implemented unevenly across the country, and that enterprises owned by local governments, in Shanghai, for example, are actually extremely profitable.


'Hail the brilliance of Chen Chih-jou. He has smashed this common (mis)understanding of China in a book that is nothing short of revolutionary in how we must come to understand China: in disunity' - Asia Times Online

'This is one of the most insightful books on contemporary China, and arguably the most important.' - Asia Times Online

'Debates over the role of the local state in China's market transition have generated an important substream of scholarship exploring changes in rural property rights. This book is a welcome contribution to the topic.' - The China Journal

'Chih-jou jay Chen's recourse to a sociologial approach opens new perspectives for research into the development of property rights as they affect China's rural enterprises.' - China Perspectives

Table of Contents

Plates Maps Tables Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: Notes from the Field 1. Explaining Property Rights Transformations Part 1: The Yangtze Delta Property Rights Transformations 2. The Yangtze Delta in the Reform Era 3. The Yangtze Delta in the Post-Reform Era 4. Shuang Village: The Case Study Part 2: Southern Fujian Property Rights Transformations 5. Southern Fujian under Economic Reforms 6. Hancun Village: The Case Study 7. Local Institutions and the Future of China

About the Author

Chih-Jou Jay Chen is Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
LAW / Property
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General