The problem: how was China able to send 17 million urban youth to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution? -- Administering economic development: a prelude to the Cultural Revolution and rustication -- Mao's anti-bureaucratic ethos -- The politics of the Cultural Revolution (1965-1967): toppling bureaucrats, perduring bureaucracy -- Rustication: policy and administrative implementation -- Public administration and the sent-down experience -- Conclusion: rustication as public administration -- List of references -- Appendix A: Interviewee profiles -- Appendix B: Interview schedule.
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