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  • Undermining Local Democracy: Parallel Governance in Contemporary South Indiaby Lalita Chandrashekhar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    Focusing on Karnataka in India, this study examines the implications of the model of development sought to be introduced in the entire country through the governance reforms of the post-1991 period ? a model that bypasses Panchayat Raj institutions (PRIs), resulting in a majority of the population being left outside the purview of development. These... more...

  • Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japanby Robert J. Pekkanen; Yutaka Tsujinaka; Hidehiro Yamamoto

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 155.00

    Although local neighborhood associations are found in many countries, Japan?s are distinguished by their ubiquity, scope of activities, and very high participation rates, making them important for the study of society and politics. Most Japanese belong to one local neighborhood association or another, making them Japan?s most numerous civil society... more...

  • State and Society in Modern Rangoonby Donald M. Seekins

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 180.00

    While most of Asia?s major cities are increasingly homogenized by rapid economic growth and cultural globalization, Rangoon, which is Burma?s former capital and largest city, still bears the imprint of a unique and often turbulent history. It is the site of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a focus of Buddhist pilgrimage and devotion since the early second millennium... more...

  • Government of Paperby Matthew S. Hull

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    In the electronic age, documents appear to have escaped their paper confinement. But we are still surrounded by flows of paper with enormous consequences. In the planned city of Islamabad, order and disorder are produced through the ceaseless inscription and circulation of millions of paper artifacts among bureaucrats, politicians, property owners,... more...

  • Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideasby Mike McRae

    University of Queensland Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    How do you define science? And whose theories are the right ones? Take a humorous and intriguing journey through the unchartered territory of scientific squabbles with scientist Mike McRae, Australia's next-gen Dr Karl, as he reveals arguments and accusations about who is right and who is wrong in the world of science. Over time, science has come... more...

  • Dynamics of Local Governance in China During the Reform Eraby Tse-Kang Leng; Yun-han Chu; Chih-Jou Jay Chen; Peter T.Y. Cheung; Jianyu He; Shu Keng; Richard Madsen; Jean C. Oi; Kaoru Shimizu; Anne F. Thurston; Shaoguang Wang; Susan H. Whiting

    Lexington Books 2009; US$ 99.99

    Since the Chinese economic reform was realized in the early 1990s, a significant revolution has been launched socially, economically, and politically in China. At present, China is an indispensable actor in the international arena, so that the transitionsdomestically bring about substantial influence on the whole world. Dynamics of Local Governance... more...

  • Patronage and Powerby Ben Hillman

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 50.00

    Power and Patronage examines the unwritten rules and inner workings of contemporary China's local politics and government. It exposes how these rules have helped to keep the one-Party state together during decades of tumultuous political, social, and economic change. While many observers of Chinese politics have recognized the importance of informal... more...

  • Rural Democracy in Chinaby Baogang He

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 105.00

    This book examines village democracy and the prospects of China's democratization. It explains how three key factors - township, economy and kinship - shape village democracy and account for rural variations. It considers the extension of village to township elections, the idea of a mixed regime and its impact on political development in China. more...

  • The Chinese State in Transitionby Linda Chelan Li

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 54.95

    One of the more commonly and widely held beliefs outside the People?s Republic of China about the changes wrought by the reform era is that there has been no political change The attention of the outside world focuses inevitably on Beijing and national level politics. Nonetheless, it may actually be at the more local levels that changes in politics... more...

  • Decentralisation, Corruption and Social Capitalby Sten Widmalm

    SAGE India 2008; US$ 49.95

    This book provides fresh perspectives and insights on what may be the world’s. largest ongoing decentralisation reforms—the Panchayat Raj reforms in India—and. presents unique empirical material from Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Comparative. perspectives and references to historical cases from around the world are used. to show how decentralisation... more...