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September 17, 2009

Dorothy J. Solinger

A Question of Confidence: State Legitimacy and the New Urban Poor

September 22, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Dorothy J. Solinger
Professor of Political Science, University of California at Irvine

If state benevolence is to serve as a critical condition for Chinese citizens’ acceptance of their government as legitimate, then the concept and practice of official “benevolence” demands some interrogation in today’s China. Does benevolence obtain, and do those who would depend deeply upon it believe in its presence? And, as evidence of such belief, do they entertain an expectation that the state, in its guise as donor, can be counted upon for what for them are vital extensions of its current offerings in the days to come? I target the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee program in Chinese cities and its subjects in order to address this query.

Paradoxically, she will argue, a very prominent element in the relationship between the two is the far more abiding confidence that the recipients appear to place in the powers-that-be than the leaders are willing to lead back to them.

Dorothy J. Solinger is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine where she has been teaching since 1986. Previously, she taught at the University of Pittsburgh. In academic year 1985-86, she was invited to teach and held a fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Contesting Citizenship in Urban China (1999), which won the Joseph R. Levenson prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on 20th century China published in 1999. Her forthcoming book, “States’ Gains, Labor’s Losses: China, France and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980-2000,” will be published by Cornell University Press later this year.

Posted by kanepark at September 17, 2009 04:43 PM