The empowering effect of village elections in China

Lianjiang Li*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article shows that Chinese villagers feel a higher level of political efficacy after their first free and fair village election because they can now remove unresponsive cadres. It concludes that enhanced efficacy may lead to more active participation, which in turn may affect political restructuring in Chinese villages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)648-662
Number of pages15
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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