Leadership Attributes Salient to Chinese Local Voters: Correlates of Voting Intentions Among Chinese Constituents

Tao Sun, Victor Yuan, J. Gregory Payne, Bu Zhong

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Abstract

Chinese voters are already allowed to elect their leaders directly at the village level, although such free elections at higher levels (township, county, city, province, and nationwide) are still technically illegal. Based on a national survey conducted by a leading research firm in China, this study examines how people’s demographic characteristics (age, income, and education) and their attitudes (beliefs and evaluations) toward their local administrators (city mayors or county governors) could help predict their voting intentions in the event a free and direct election would take place in the future. An understanding of Chinese voters’ decision-making processes is critical for predicting the effects of the current electoral system on China’s sociopolitical development. The lessons learned during this predemocratic stage may be crucial for a transition of China’s political system in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-628
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese election
  • Chinese voters
  • Leadership attributes
  • Voting intentions

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