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State formation in China and Taiwan : bureaucracy, campaign, and performance / Julia C. Strauss.

Author/creator Strauss, Julia C. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Descriptionxiii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction : modalities of state building and institution building : bureaucracies, campaigns, and performance -- Virtue and talent in making Chinese states : heroes and technocrats in Sunan and Taiwan, 1949-1954 -- Comparative terror in regime consolidation : Sunan and Taiwan, 1949-1954 -- Performing terror : lenience, legality, and the dramaturgy of the consolidating state -- Repertoires of land reform campaigns in Sunan and Taiwan, 1950-1954 -- Theatres of land reform : bureaucracy, campaign, and the show, 1950-1954 -- Conclusion -- Appendix: List of interviewees -- Documentary collections, reports, and Periodicals.
Abstract "What makes for states that are well consolidated, with high levels of capacity for engaging in the kinds of actions essential for governing and legitimacy? Is there a general formula, or at least a common set of patterns, that distinguish states that are relatively successful in these ways, and conversely, is there a comparable core of problems and institutions that are widely shared by states that are not well consolidated with high levels of capacity? To what extent, if any, do subjective "soft" factors like norms, ideology, and the prior existence of traditions of governance render it easier or more difficult for those involved in state making to create, stabilize, or transform state institutions? Does the way in which chosen policies are implemented matter for the institutionalization of the state organizations that are doing the implementing?"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2019019498
ISBN9781108476867 hardcover
ISBN1108476864 hardcover
ISBN1108701655 paperback
ISBNelectronic book

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