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Squeezing the Same Old Stone: Suing the Rural Chinese State and the Shift from Tax Reform to Land Seizures


John Wagner Givens


Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Andrew W MacDonald


University of Oxford - Department of Politics and International Relations

February 26, 2013

American Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper

Abstract:     
This paper seeks to add to the debate about tactics and grievances in contentious politics by showing that administrative lawsuits are an important venue for redressing and signalling grievances. We show that administrative lawsuits related to land increased while those related to tax decreased in the mid-2000s. These lawsuits reflect underlying changes in extraction behaviour by local officials, as the central government began to limit the power of local governments to collect arbitrary taxes and fees. Local officials, strapped for cash after these reforms, resorted to another form of extraction: the expropriation and sale of land used by peasants. We demonstrate that this shift is evident in the statistical data on administrative litigation and conclude by discussing the importance and value of paying more attention to formal channels of contention in China.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: state, state-society relations, taxes, protest, land, authoritarian, comparative politics, China, tax-for-fee reform, land seizures, unrest, administrative litigation


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Date posted: August 18, 2011 ; Last revised: January 10, 2015

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Givens, John Wagner and MacDonald, Andrew W, Squeezing the Same Old Stone: Suing the Rural Chinese State and the Shift from Tax Reform to Land Seizures (February 26, 2013). American Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1911642

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John Wagner Givens (Contact Author)
Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh ( email )
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Andrew W MacDonald
University of Oxford - Department of Politics and International Relations ( email )
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Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom
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