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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 90.00
The contributors link innovative analytical concepts and ethnographic in-depth case studies from the Arab world. Based on the debates on politics from below and dynamic concepts of state, all the chapters focus on informal institutions, non-elite actors, and the dynamic and contradictory relationship between state and society. more...
- World Scientific Publishing Company 2013; US$ 166.00
This unique volume takes a very different approach to township or xiangzhen governance. It explores the structural constraints on township governance and the way that these constraints influence the day-to-day behavior of Chinese rural grassroots government leaders. Based on thoroughgoing interviews with township and village cadres and villagers, the... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 52.95
Despite China?s rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, most Chinese still live in the vast countryside or have rural household registration. Although there was significant economic improvement in rural areas in the 1980s, the rural economy has been stagnating or deteriorating since then, and the book argues that the rural-urban income gap is giving... more...
- Springer 2013; US$ 39.99
Angesichts zunehmender Legitimationsprobleme und Steuerungsdefizite in Zeiten von Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrisen findet in Japan seit mehr als einer Dekade ein grundlegender Wandel des Verhältnisses zwischen Zentralstaat und Kommunen hin zu einem gleichberechtigten Verhältnis statt, wobei die kommunale Ebene als entscheidende Kooperationsplattform... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 90.00
The story of one village, Yantian, and its remarkable economic and social transformation, this book shows how outcomes are shaped by a number of factors such as path dependence, social structures, economic resources and local entrepreneurship. more...