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Title: State, Guanxi networks and social capital: The Politics of local governance in Shanghai
Keywords: local governance, state, guanxi, social capital, community building, politics
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2006
Citation: SHI FAYONG (2006-09-08). State, Guanxi networks and social capital: The Politics of local governance in Shanghai. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Based on a longitudinal study from 2000 to 2005, this thesis examines the changing dynamics of urban governance in post-Deng China by investigating the outcome of community building projects in Shanghai. It examines different dimensions of neighborhood politics. In particular, it scrutinizes the domination of local pro-image coalitions of local government and business groups, collective resistance from citizens against the coalitions, elections of civil associations and local faction politics. Adopting a broader and more inclusive approach, this research finds that both formal state authority and informal social networks have differential and contextual impact on the performance of local governance. It challenges the earlier governance theories suggesting a positive link between social capital and good governance. The idea of a??quasi-civic communitya?? is developed as a conceptual tool to reflect local governance in an authoritarian polity like China. Research methods used in this study include participant observation, in-depth interview and quantitative survey.
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