Advocatus Diaboli: A Contrarian Stance on the Chinese policy of ‘Hukou’

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Advocatus Diaboli: A Contrarian Stance on the Chinese policy of ‘Hukou’

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Advocatus Diaboli: A Contrarian Stance on the Chinese policy of ‘Hukou’
Author: Harrison, Emily
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: hukou
legitimacy
economic
political
migration
China
urbanisation
Abstract: Internal migration in China has created a serious problem that has been identified by many scholars and policy makers for decades. The Chinese government attempts to restrict migration flow through a policy called ‘hukou’ that in its simplest form ties individuals to accessing public services only in one registered location meaning agricultural hukou type people can find moving to urban areas extremely difficult; ultimately creating a dualistic society within China and the policy has led to massive displacement and discrimination of one fifth of the population. Given the controversial and discriminatory nature of hukou, this paper will analyse why the Chinese government would choose to continue to implement such a policy and how through hukou’s implementation, the Chinese leadership is able to maintain domestic stability and have it contribute to their continued legitimacy through success in the fields of economic prosperity, social stability and national unity. The paper will examine both the economic and political benefits of hukou and the reasons why this may affect the decision to reform the policy.
Supervisor: Wang, Jue
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/44395
 

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