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 publicationPolitics of Modern China
EditorsYongnian ZHENG, Yiyi LU, Lynn T. III WHITE
ISBN (Print)9780415441513
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCritical Issues in Modern Politics


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