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Leaders and Participants:Grassroots Democracy


The basic driving force for the development of China’s grassroots democracy can boil down to two respects: socio-economic growth, and governments’ leadership and direct guidance.

Basic Strategies for the Development of Grassroots Democracy


One of the major characteristics relating to grassroots democracy is direct election and direct participation.

Farmer Politics: Confusions and Reflections


In current studies on farmers, “politics” seems to be overlooked. On the one hand, among discussions of “farmers”, politics is often not regarded as a research perspective.

Farmers’ Fate: Old and New


China’s farmers are walking out of the identity bias and constraints imposed on them by the old system. Chinese farmers in the traditional sense (hereinafter referred to as traditional farmers) are experiencing such a period of “new fate enveloped in the old system”.

New Issues Relating to Village Governance


The enforcement of village-level organization system constitutes the key factor while public management of villages is the primary level of rural governance.

Local Government Corporatization: Pros and Cons


Since reform and opening-up, the Chinese government has shifted the focus of work onto economic development and created the "Chinese Miracle" with a continued and high-speed growth.

Can Petition Resolve Grassroots Conflicts?


With a review of the history of farmers' petition through letters and visits, it could be found that China's rural conflicts have taken on some new features after China's entry into the 21st century.

Township Governments and Disorderly Grassroots Governance


Township governments are executive bodies assuming the responsibility for executing state power at township level.