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Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China
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  • 15 b/w illus. 18 tables
  • Page extent: 302 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 336.2/00951/091734
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HJ2981 .B47 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Taxation--China
    • Tax incidence--China
    • China--Politics and government

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521813181 | ISBN-10: 0521813182)

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The tax burden imposed upon the farmer has become a major source of discontent in the Chinese countryside and a worrisome source of political and social instability. Thomas P. Bernstein and Xiabo LÜ examine the heavy, informal taxation, revealing how peasants defend their interests by adopting peaceful and violent strategies of collective resistance. Bernstein and LÜ explain why the central government, often siding with the peasants, has been unable to resolve the tax burden issue by instituting a sound, reliable financial system.


1. Introduction; 2. Peasants and taxation in historical perspective; 3. Extracting funds from the peasants; 4. Institutional sources of informal tax burdens; 5. Burdens and resistance: peasant collective action; 6. Containing burdens: change and persistence; 7. Burden reduction: village democratization and farmer national interest representation; 8. Conclusions.


"Anyone interested in the crisis of state-society relations in the Chinese countryside should consult this excellent study by Thomas P. Bernstein and Xiaobo LÜ." Pacific Affairs, Elisabeth Köll, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.

"...[a] fine study of taxation in rural China under reform..." China Review International, Peter Hays Gries, University of Colorado at Boulder

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