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Acknowledgments

The chapters in this volume were written as papers for the conference on the "Structure of Authority and Bureaucratic Behavior in China" held in Tucson, Arizona, from June 19 to 23, 1988. We wish to thank the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and more particularly the Joint Committee on Contemporary China, for providing the financial wherewithal to make that conference possible and for the intellectual guidance and support as this volume moved toward publication. Throughout the period of developing the conference and then producing this volume, Dr. Jason Parker at ACLS was of enormous assistance; we express our gratitude to him.

In 1987 and 1988, as we began to plan for the conference, we drew upon the advice of Professors A. Doak Barnett, Thomas Bernstein, and Susan Shirk. They steered us between the danger of trying to focus the conference and papers so tightly that we would create an analytic straitjacket and the danger of opening up the analytic aperture so widely that there would be no focus to the meeting and resulting volume. We hope that the conference, and this work that resulted from it, have achieved that desired balance.

We wish to thank our editors at the University of California Press: Sheila Levine, for shepherding the manuscript through the review, editorial, and publication processes, and Amy Klatzkin and Gladys Castor for their many editorial contributions.

We want to thank also those who attended and contributed to the conference, in addition to the authors of the chapters in this volume: Dr. Christopher Clarke, United States Department of State; Professor Kenneth Jowitt, University of California, Berkeley; Professor Michel Oksenberg, University of Michigan; Professor Ivan Szelenyi, University of Cali-


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fornia, Los Angeles; and Professor Ezra Vogel, Harvard University. Bruce Dickson of the University of Michigan provided excellent assistance as rapporteur for the conference.

Finally, we want to thank our families for giving up time we would otherwise have spent with them, that we might bring this project to fruition.

KENNETH G. LIEBERTHAL

DAVID M. LAMPTON


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