By Dali L. Yang

China has been having fun with stellar fiscal development for greater than 1 / 4 of a century. but the speedy progress amid market-oriented reforms has no longer been an unalloyed blessing. The China Miracle has been followed by way of hovering source of revenue inequality and emerging social tensions, over-taxing China s source base and contributing to an environmental hindrance. regardless of sizeable development within the lifestyle and different social symptoms, China s leaders have, within the aftermath of the Tiananmen crackdown, steadfastly held again the outlet up of the political process. during this quantity, members from the disciplines of economics, political technological know-how, and sociology research how current associations, extensively outlined, may have exacerbated tensions in China's evolving economic system, society and polity in addition to how institutional advancements were brought to accommodate latest or rising conflicts and tensions.

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41 Underneath the party-appointed leadership of the news media are lesser managers, senior editors, copyeditors, and journalists. These positions are filled by employees under contract, typically working on a yearly basis. Therefore, employees are under constant pressure to increase viewership and profits. 42 Many media organizations make attempts to quantify the quality of employee performance and link performance to the amount of salary an employee receives. The performance of television producers, for example, is evaluated in part by the ACNielsen ratings of the programming they oversee.

122 Newspapers with high circulations are read by 117 Interview 2003 — #7, #10, #11. For extensive analysis on the Southern Metropolitan Post coverage of the Sun Zhigang case, see Benjamin Liebman, “Watchdog or Demagogue? The Media in the Chinese Legal System,” Columbia Law Review 105, no. 1 ( January 2005): 45. 119 While many media professionals have expressed admiration for editorials published by China Youth Daily on the SARS epidemic, it is unclear if the paper’s SARS reporting was responsible for the change of its top management, or whether the appointment of Li Erliang as editor-in-chief reflected a general tightening of state control over the media under the leadership of President Hu Jintao.

42 Interview 2002 — #22; Interview 2004 — #26. B475_Chapter-01 FA 4/4/07 16:06 Page 22 22 Ashley Esarey Typically, a much greater percentage of a journalist’s salary is derived from performance bonuses. One criterion for evaluating performance that is not usually quantified is the popularity of their reports based predominantly upon readers’ response. If readers are happy with a journalist’s article, they may write letters to the newspaper or send emails or text messages with favorable comments.

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