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Social Mobilisation in Post-Industrial China

The Case of Rural Urbanisation Jia Gao, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia and Yuanyuan Su, School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Nanjing University, China
In recent years China has experienced intense economic development. Previously a rapidly urbanising industrial economy, the country has become a post-industrial economy with a service sector that accounts for almost half the nation’s GDP. This transformation has created many socio-political changes, but key among them is social mobilisation. This book provides a full and systematic analysis of social mobilisation in China, and how its use as part of state capacity has evolved.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 258 2
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  • Urban and Regional Studies
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In recent years China has experienced intense economic development. Previously a rapidly urbanising industrial economy, the country has become a post-industrial economy with a service sector that accounts for almost half the nation’s GDP. This transformation has created many socio-political changes, but key among them is social mobilisation. This book provides a full and systematic analysis of social mobilisation in China, and how its use as part of state capacity has evolved.

The first book on the topic written in English in recent decades, Social Mobilisation in Post-Industrial China provides readers with a thorough analysis covering all vertical administrative levels, as well as considering new participants. Bringing together interdisciplinary analyses of the current uses of social mobilisation in China, this book draws on empirically rich original research. It presents a clear picture of how boyi (‘strategic game-playing’) is acted out at different levels of society and within different sectors, and the social dynamics at work.

This book is a unique resource, and will be invaluable for researchers and students of Asian and Chinese studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Management studies. Policy analysts, activists, strategists and educators will also find this book a useful tool for learning more about how social mobilisation mechanisms are utilised in China today.
Contents Preface 1. China’s current rural urbanisation and historical context 2. The evolving role of central decision-makers in launching policy initiatives 3. The politics of social mobilisation at the provincial level 4. The emerging powers of the ‘invisible hand’ 5. Mobilising policy support and resources at the prefectural Level 6. The awkward roles of county and township governments in rural urbanisation 7. Participatory responses of villagers to initiatives 8. Towards an updated understanding of social mobilisation in China References Index