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Understanding Village Governance in China

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003897/00001

Material Information

Title: Understanding Village Governance in China Accountability and Responsivity in Authoritarian Systems
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Circharo, Anthony
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: China
Politics
Government, Accountability
Democratization
Decentralization
Responsivity
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In the post-Mao era the Chinese state decentralized fiscal and administrative authority and implemented elections at the village level. The theories of decentralization and democratization indicate that these processes encourage good governance through the improved provision of public goods and services and the creation of policies which incorporate the values of the local community. The literature identifies accountability as the means by which local government is induced to act in the interest of its constituents. Lowering the level of decision-making increases the accountability of government officials to their constituents and implementing elections establishes a direct line of accountability between government officials and citizens. However, this study finds that responsivity mechanisms�norms that lead government officials to make decisions that respond to constituent interests�also improve governance, particularly when downward and horizontal accountability mechanisms are weak, as is often the case in authoritarian states. The processes of decentralization and democratization strengthen responsivity by increasing the decision-making power of local government officials and hence the role played by the norms and institutions these officials internalize. Given the authoritarian political context of China, in which semiauthoritarian villages are situated, examining how responsivity and accountability interact improves our understanding of the formal and informal institutions of village governance.
Statement of Responsibility: by Anthony Circharo
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 C5
System ID: NCFE003897:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003897/00001

Material Information

Title: Understanding Village Governance in China Accountability and Responsivity in Authoritarian Systems
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Circharo, Anthony
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: China
Politics
Government, Accountability
Democratization
Decentralization
Responsivity
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In the post-Mao era the Chinese state decentralized fiscal and administrative authority and implemented elections at the village level. The theories of decentralization and democratization indicate that these processes encourage good governance through the improved provision of public goods and services and the creation of policies which incorporate the values of the local community. The literature identifies accountability as the means by which local government is induced to act in the interest of its constituents. Lowering the level of decision-making increases the accountability of government officials to their constituents and implementing elections establishes a direct line of accountability between government officials and citizens. However, this study finds that responsivity mechanisms�norms that lead government officials to make decisions that respond to constituent interests�also improve governance, particularly when downward and horizontal accountability mechanisms are weak, as is often the case in authoritarian states. The processes of decentralization and democratization strengthen responsivity by increasing the decision-making power of local government officials and hence the role played by the norms and institutions these officials internalize. Given the authoritarian political context of China, in which semiauthoritarian villages are situated, examining how responsivity and accountability interact improves our understanding of the formal and informal institutions of village governance.
Statement of Responsibility: by Anthony Circharo
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 C5
System ID: NCFE003897:00001

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