Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins University
336 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
I conducted interviews with Chinese government officials, researchers, lawyers, village leaders, and residents to understand changes in the types of issues rural residents face and the strategies they use. The research found that changes in information and communications technology, demographics, the economy, geographic access, and government legal campaigns have powerfully affected how issues are addressed. My results suggest that current government policies, if continued, are unlikely to contain rural grievance resolution to the degree the Communist Party desires.