Land conflicts, rural finance and capacity of the Chinese state

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-78
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


This article evaluates the capacity of the Chinese state in maintaining stability by examining the merits and limitations of its responses to the dominant form of rural unrest in recent years: conflicts over land. The current response of the Chinese state that focusses on upward accountability of state agents is misguided. We argue that the ultimate solution hinges upon the success of the Chinese state in strengthening its capacity in engaging society and capability to reformulate a new fiscal order that provides adequate resources for effective governance at rural grass roots. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Accountability, Land conflict, Local finance, Redistribution