Lei Guang F'07

Lei  Guang
Professor
Political Science
San Diego State University

ACLS Fellowship Program 2007
Associate Professor
Political Science
San Diego State University
Justice at the Margin: Aggrieved Citizens, Nervous Officials, and the Making of Petitions as a Political Institution in China

This study explores the politics of petitioning in China, focusing on the interaction of citizen petitioners, petition-handling bureaucrats, and the local state establishment in the petition process. Through archival work and field interviews, it aims to uncover the causes and consequences of citizens petitions, and to understand the moral-political universe of aggrieved individuals or groups and petition-handling officials in their respective quest for justice and political stability and legitimacy in China today.