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Article: Legacy of success: Office purchase and state-elite relations in Qing China

TitleLegacy of success: Office purchase and state-elite relations in Qing China
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherHarvard-Yenching Institute. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hjas.org/
Citation
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2013, v. 73 n. 2, p. 259-297 How to Cite?
AbstractRevisiting the enduring debate on meritocracy in late imperial Chinese history, Lawrence Zhang examines the system of office purchase (juanna 捐納) and its effects on the composition and nature of Qingdynasty officialdom. Through extensive quantitative analysis of the number of officials who purchased their way into the bureaucracy, and by weighing the costs and benefits of the juanna institution, Zhang argues that this institution was no less important than the civil service examinations in the recruitment of bureaucrats by the imperial center. Wealth was the key to unlocking this path of advancement and continued to play a role in the competition for success even among those who had already been certified as eligible for office. Those who purchased offices were given guarantees for appointments, an advantage that was afforded to no other group and opened up the possibility of hereditary office-holding among nationally prominent families.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/190580
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dc.contributor.authorZhang, LCLen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-17T15:30:28Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-17T15:30:28Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationHarvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2013, v. 73 n. 2, p. 259-297en_US
dc.identifier.issn0073-0548-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/190580-
dc.description.abstractRevisiting the enduring debate on meritocracy in late imperial Chinese history, Lawrence Zhang examines the system of office purchase (juanna 捐納) and its effects on the composition and nature of Qingdynasty officialdom. Through extensive quantitative analysis of the number of officials who purchased their way into the bureaucracy, and by weighing the costs and benefits of the juanna institution, Zhang argues that this institution was no less important than the civil service examinations in the recruitment of bureaucrats by the imperial center. Wealth was the key to unlocking this path of advancement and continued to play a role in the competition for success even among those who had already been certified as eligible for office. Those who purchased offices were given guarantees for appointments, an advantage that was afforded to no other group and opened up the possibility of hereditary office-holding among nationally prominent families.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHarvard-Yenching Institute. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hjas.org/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofHarvard Journal of Asiatic Studiesen_US
dc.titleLegacy of success: Office purchase and state-elite relations in Qing Chinaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailZhang, LCL: lczhang@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1353/jas.2013.0020-
dc.identifier.hkuros222981en_US
dc.identifier.volume73en_US
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage259-
dc.identifier.epage297-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US

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