2015-06-16
Professor CAI Yongshun’s latest book, State and Agents in China: Disciplining Government Officials (Stanford University Press, 2014)
How does the Chinese Party-state respond when a government official commits a duty-related malfeasance or criminal activity? And how does it balance the potential political costs of disciplining its own agents versus the loss of legitimacy in tolerating their misdeeds? "State and Agents in China" explores how the party-state addresses this dilemma, uncovering the rationale behind the selective disciplining of government officials and its implications for governance in China. By examining the discipline of state agents, Yongshun Cai shows how selective punishment becomes the means of balancing the need for and difficulties of disciplining agents, and explains why some erring agents are tolerated while others are punished. Importantly, the book also shows how relaxed discipline allows reform-minded officials to use rule-violating reform measures to address local problems. Link
 
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