Village Politics

  • John Dearlove


During the 1970s, there was a growing conviction that ‘too large a dose of socialism had been imposed upon too backward a countryside’ (Chan, Madsen and Unger 1992: p. 270) and that rational, self-interested, farmers could do a great deal better for themselves and the food supply if they were left to their own devices. Communes were abolished; agriculture was decollectivised; and the egalitarian but incentive-sapping system of work-points and the collective distribution of income was replaced by the near-universal adoption of the ‘household responsibility system’.


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© John Dearlove 1995

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