Rural Democracy in China: The Role of Village Elections by Baogang He (auth.)

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These new developments have the ability to deepen the democratization of politics in rural China. CHAPTER 3 Village Citizenship A strange phenomenon is taking place in several villages in China. Instead of going to cities and desperately seeking to gain residential status in the urban areas, as was the trend, today’s villagers, in particular married-out women, are striving to retain their villager status, and migrant workers are fighting to obtain rights and status in villages where they have worked for a long period.

Villager Representatives’ Meeting Chaired by Township Government and the Making of Rule. On April 6, the township government held a meeting of 10 village representatives, during which the Procedures of Voting on the Dismissal of Village Head in Bailian were passed. 4. Villagers’ Meeting and the Hearing of Charges. ” Then, Li Jiankai, a member of the supervisory group of village finance, listed reasons for the dismissal. Development of Democratic Procedures ● 37 5. The Village Head Defending Himself.

A successful battle against manipulation for better elections will lead to further improvements in the democratic-ness in village elections. In historical terms, despite the “mass line” coupled with the idea of “people’s democracy” that Mao Zedong advocated, the late Chinese leader knew very little about how to institutionalize the democratic principles needed to support participatory government. Today, Chinese villagers have been innovative in their efforts to develop and improve electoral procedures.

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