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Zouping in Transition


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Preface Zouping in Perspective Andrew G. Walder Local Governments as Economic Actors The Evolution of Local State Corporatism Jean C. Oi The County Government as an Industrial Corporation Andrew G. WaIder Fengjia: A Village in Transition Huang Shu-min and Stewart Odend'hal Establishing Markets: The Process of Commercialization in Agriculture Terry Sicular Distributional Consequences of Reform Work, Wealth, and Power in Agriculture: Do Political Connections Affect the Returns to Household Labor? Sarah Cook Preventive Health Care: Privatization and the Public Good Gail Henderson and T. Scott Stroup Making Schools Modern: Paradoxes of Educational Reform Lynn W. Paine Notes Contributors Tables Growth and diversification of Zouping's rural economy, 1976-1993 Growth of industry in Zouping, by level of ownership, 1980-1993 The shift from agriculture to industry in Zouping, 1980-1993 Zouping county fiscal and budgetary trends, 1980-1992 Zouping's rural development compared with national averages,1993 A comparison of Zouping with Nanhai County, Guangdong, 1993 The shift from public to private industry in Zouping, 1980-1993 Commune and brigade industry in Zouping, 1976-1983 Zouping township and village enterprise tax exemptions,1980-1989 Zouping county industry, output, and number of firms by type, 1988 and 1993 Sources of county revenue, 1988 and 1992 Zouping County's top ten revenue-generating enterprises, 1992 Population, farmland, and mechanical power in Fengjia,1949-1986 Yearly agricultural production in Fengjia, 1949-1986 Gross income from village enterprises, 1985 and 1986 Increases in per capita and gross domestic production in Fengjia, 1970-1988 Basic economic data, Zouping County, 1988-1992 Indicators of the level of commercialization in Zouping, 1988-1992 Farm household purchases of farm products in Zouping, 1990 Farm household sales of farm products in Zouping, 1990 Farm household income and its composition in Zouping, 1990 Distribution of farm households by share of income from nonagricultural business and wages in Zouping, 1990 Trade at periodic markets in Zouping, 1988-1992 Composition of social retail sales in Zouping, 1988-1992 Zouping County purchases of agricultural products from farmers, 1988 and 1992 Procurement of grain by the grain bureau in Zouping, 1978-1993 Procurement of wheat and corn by the grain bureau in Zouping, 1985-1993 Grain prices in Zouping County, 1980-1993 Cotton procurement by the state cotton and hemp company in Zouping, 1978-1993 Implicit taxes and subsidies associated with planned procurement of farm products in Zouping, 1990 Structure of the labor force in Zouping, 1993 Individual and household employment by activity, 1990 Composition of household income by per capita income quartile, 1990 Quartile share of income by source, 1990 Marginal and average products of labor (yuan per day) Average daily earnings from wage employment (yuan) Tests for differences in means of marginal product of labor by household political characteristics Zouping County socioeconomic and health indicators Infectious disease incidence per 10,000 people in Zouping County, 1965-1989 Hospital admissions by diagnostic categories, for county-level hospitals, 1986 Hospitals in four townships Village-based health resources Promotion rate to junior high school, 1978-1991 Number of elementary schools and students in Zouping, 1950-1990 Number of secondary schools and students in Zouping, 1978-1990 Changes in the structure of Zouping secondary education, 1986-1990 Funding for ordinary and central township junior high schools, Sunzhen township, 1985-1990 Maps China, with Shandong Province and Zouping County Shandong Province Zouping County Figures Monthly wheat prices, Zouping County, 1990-1991 Monthly corn prices, Zouping County, 1990-1991

About the Author

Andrew G. Walder is Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor of Sociology at Stanford University. His previous books include Fractured Rebellion, which won the Barrington Moore Book Award, and China Under Mao (both from Harvard). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Guggenheim fellow, Walder has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Science, and the Ford Foundation.


No review can do justice to all the significant findings of this rich volume...The book addresses some of the knottier issues that have dominated scholarship for a decade or more, presenting provocative new material and findings. Future debates on these issues must address the work on Zouping collected here. -- Michelle S. Mood * China Journal *
Andrew Walder makes a major addition to our understanding of the economic role of county government in the reform period...In this highly interesting book, Zouping comes to the fore as a rather sleepy county which is pushed by outside forces into modernity with all its problems. The volume is a major addition to our understanding of institutional change, cadres and policies in North China. -- Eduard B. Vermeer * China Information *
[A] well-researched and timely book. -- Colin Mackerras * Asian Studies Review *
The introductory chapter by Andrew Walder starts with rich statistics to situate Zouping county in rural China. He then spells out the objectives of this volume [his] goals are ably accomplished by the next seven chapters that are based on empirical studies using data from interviews, observations, official statistics, and survey data from a unique research project undertaken from 1988 to 1993 The book provides valuable insights into the process which local government shapes the development and stratification of a country in northern China. It is an important and timely rendering of the rural reforms and will prompt researchers on transitional societies to focus on the forces that shape the dynamics of transition. -- Xiaoling Shu * Contemporary Sociology *
This is a unique book that brings together interdisciplinary research on one county by outstanding China scholars. -- Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University

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