Ballot Box China Grassroots Democracy in the Final Major One Party State

ISBN-10: 1848138202
ISBN-13: 9781848138209
Edition: 2011
Authors: Kerry Brown
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Description: Since 1988, China has undergone one of the largest, but least understood experiments in grassroots democracy. Across 650,000 villages in China, with over one million elections, 300,000 officials have been elected. The Chinese government believes  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 4/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Since 1988, China has undergone one of the largest, but least understood experiments in grassroots democracy. Across 650,000 villages in China, with over one million elections, 300,000 officials have been elected. The Chinese government believes that this is a step towards 'Democracy with Chinese characteristics'. But to many involved in these elections, they have been mired by corruption, vote rigging, and cronyism. This book looks at the history of these elections, how they arose, what they have achieved and where they might be going, exploring the specific experience of elections by those who have taken part in them - the villagers in some of the most deprived areas of China.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map of China
Introduction
A brief history of elections, democracy and civil society in modern China
Democracy … with Chinese characteristics
The village election process
The great debate: where is Chinese village democracy going?
The big picture: elections as part of the dynamics of a society in change
Last words
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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