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Scientific Policymaking in Zhongnanhai

Susan Greenhalgh

in Just One Child

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253384
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253384.003.0008
Scientific Policymaking in Zhongnanhai

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This chapter takes a look at the complicated intermingling and blurring of science and politics that produced the one-child-for-all rule as national policy bearing the approval of the party Center. The first section examines the different opinions within the leadership, some of which seriously doubted the new policy, and then discusses the scholar-official consensus, which was produced due to the fears of an ecological crisis. The chapter also considers the limits to scientific policymaking, the creation of the Open Letter, and the approved one couple–one child policy.

Keywords: one-child rule; party Center; scholar-official consensus; ecological crisis; scientific policymaking; Open Letter

Chapter.  14911 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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