Accountability without Democracy: Solidary Groups and Public by Lily L. Tsai

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By Lily L. Tsai

Examines the basic factor of the way electorate get executive officers to supply them with the roads, faculties, and different public companies they wish by way of learning groups in rural China. In authoritarian and transitional structures, formal associations for containing govt officers in charge are usually susceptible. The kingdom usually lacks enough assets to watch its officers heavily, and voters are constrained of their strength to select officers they think will practice good and to take away them after they don't. the reply, Lily L. Tsai discovered, lies in a community's social associations. even if formal democratic and bureaucratic associations of responsibility are vulnerable, govt officers can nonetheless be topic to casual principles and norms created through group solidary teams that experience earned excessive ethical status within the community.

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