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From village election to village deliberation in rural China: case study of a deliberative democracy experiment
journal contributionposted on 01.06.2014, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He
Village democracy in China has expanded from village elections to the institution of village deliberation. This transformation would necessarily involve a number of trial studies on village deliberation. The paper examines one village deliberative democracy experiment in Bianyu village, Wenling city, Zhejiang Province. It provides a basic background to Bianyu village, discusses the design of the experiment, and examines its outcomes. The paper concludes with an assessment of the prospects for village deliberative democracy in rural China.