What Does Wukan Offer? Land-Taking, Law, and Dispute Resolution
Fu Hualing and John Gillespie (eds.) Resolving Land Disputes in East Asia: Exploring the Limit of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
11 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2015 Last revised: 16 Jul 2015
Date Written: June 29, 2014
The villagers' protest against predatory land-taking in Wukan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong attracted wide attention, both internationally and domestically. The reconciliatory approach taken by the Guangdong government to dilute and divert social tension is highly regarded. The Wukan event is commonly regarded as one of the most significant rights protection cases in China to date because it highlights the potential of law and dialogue in easing social tension.
Keywords: land-taking, authoritarian effectiveness, authoritarian resilience, election, rule of law, protest
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