Containing land grabs : A misguided response to rural conflicts over land

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-291
Journal / PublicationJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number80
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


To a certain extent, a more stringent regime for requisition of rural land may help protect the interests of peasants. There is, however, a hierarchy of income opportunity in the countryside as a result of diversification of rural economic structure in reform China. The varying degree of land dependence renders a contrasting calculation on the value of land lease among Chinese peasants. For peasants in the more prosperous regions, the conflicts are primarily triggered by their exclusion from direct engagement in the land market and deprivation of the chance to maximise potential gain that fuels the growing tension in the countryside. A more direct response to this fundamental cause, however, requires audacious moves by the Party leadership venturing into zones of political taboo. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.