Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China

Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China

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.


"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

Review of the hardback: '… its startling revelations and bold analysis should be compulsory reading for leaders in China and other developing countries who are genuinely interested in social reform and preventing the suffering of a critical sector of the working class.' Development Policy Review

Review of the hardback: '… comprehensive … its startling revelations and bold analysis should be compulsory reading for leaders in China and other developing countries who are genuinely interested in social reform and who seek to prevent suffering of a critical sector of the working class.' Development and Change

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