China's rural land rights regime is being reformed. Most explanations
for the reforms focus on the efficiency effects anticipated from the
strengthening of villagers' land rights. In contrast, this article
argues that rural land rights reforms are intended to resolve the
intra-state and state-society contention generated by China's market
transition and globalization, and to mediate villagers' dispossession
of their land and their transformation into a proletariat.
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