During the writing of this book I have been helped by so many people and organizations, without whom this study would not have been possible. First, I want to thank Professor Jie Chen, my collaborator in the southern Jiangsu survey project. We have worked together for many years and published a number of journal articles based on the survey project. My gratitude also goes to the Department of Political Science and the Graduate School of the University of Tennessee who provided generous financial help for my field research trips to China and for granting me sabbatical leave to work on this book. My thanks also go to Professor Yongnian Zheng, Editor of the China Policy Series for Routledge Press, for including this study in the ...

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