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Interacting for Development: State Mobilization and Social Embeddedness in China

Han, Xin (2023) Interacting for Development: State Mobilization and Social Embeddedness in China. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Despite having similar beginning conditions, why and how does the same development campaign produce different results in various settings? This article stresses the state-society interaction as a major determinant of development patterns, in contrast to earlier scholarship, which has typically focused on either top-down state intervention or bottom-up public participation. I propose a typology of state-society engagement in local communities as well as a theory of interactive development. The interaction of two factors—state mobilization and social embeddedness—determines how the state and societal development efforts are combined and balanced. Interactive development occurs when both factors are strong. By enabling mutual communication and cooperation dynamics between the state and society in decision-making and policy implementation, interactive development differs from other patterns of development, such as predatory, null, and community-driven development. This study adds to the literature on the intersection of development studies and state-society relations and draws attention to substantial “interactive” practice in state-led development projects.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Han, XinXIH76@pitt.eduXIH76@pitt.edu0000-0001-5426-2004
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairOwen, Ericaericaowen@pitt.eduericaowen@pitt.edu0000-0003-4519-6986
Committee MemberJones,
Committee MemberHollibaugh, Garygary.hollibaugh@pitt.edugary.hollibaugh@pitt.edu0000-0001-9844-2437
Committee MemberDing,
Date: 20 June 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 April 2023
Approval Date: 20 June 2023
Submission Date: 2 June 2023
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 146
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: development, state-society relations, state intervention, mobilization, local governance, communities, bureaucracy, social embeddedness, digital self-governance, pubic service resilience, crisis management, welfare policy, COVID-19 lockdown, public opinion, China
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2023 16:09
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 16:09


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