The Community Compact in Late Imperial China: Notes on Its Nature, Effectiveness and Modern Relevance

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This is a fully documented overview of the nature, general content and effectiveness of the xiangyue/community compact institution in pre-modern China for local self governance. It also discusses the institution's relevance to the xianggui minyue, or township regulations and village agreements by the inhabitants, in China of the 1980s.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington, DC 20560
PublisherWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Media of outputPrinted matter
Size11 pages
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Community compact
  • local self government in late imperial China
  • social control institution in pre-modern China

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