Accommodating “Democracy” in a One-Party State: Introducing Village Elections in China

Kevin J. O’BRIEN, Lianjiang LI

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When residents of a few Guangxi villages decided to elect their own leaders in late 1980 and early 1981, none of them could have known they were starting a historic reform. What began as a stopgap effort to fill a political vacuum, after much debate and two decades of uneven implementation, is now enshrined in a national law. Procedures for holding elections have been spelled out and implementing regulations are being formulated at all levels. Voting is now mandatory every three years in every village, bar none.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElections and Democracy in Greater China
EditorsLarry DIAMOND, Ramon H. MYERS
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780199244171
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies on Contemporary China
PublisherOxford University Press


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