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James Leibold

In chapter 8, James Leibold argues that China has arguably the world’s most extensive regime of minority affirmative action policies, far more extensive than the more widely discussed and debated policies that exist in the United States of America and other liberal democracies. Generally known as “preferential policies” (youhui zhengce 优惠政策) in Chinese, these policies provide China’s nearly 120 million ethnic minorities with tangible material and other benefits across many aspects of daily life in the People’s Republic of China, even if they are not fully implemented as originally intended. Leibold reviews the evolution and scope of these positive action policies before discussing recent debates inside the Chinese policy and academic community about the efficacy and implications of these policies for Chinese society. Concern is growing and leading Communist Party members are now openly warning about the detrimental effects of these policies on social cohesion and the ongoing processes of reform; yet the centrality of minority preferences to the processes of governance and social control in the PRC means they are unlikely to be repelled anytime soon.