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|Other Titles:||The Experiment of “Democratic Consultation” Reform at the Township People’s Congresses – A Case Study of Wenling City, Zhejiang, China|
Chu, Paul Chao-hsiang;Wu, Chien-chung
deliberative democracy;democratic talkfest;democratic consultation;democratic governance;participatory budgeting
|Issue Date:||2016-07-19 16:35:00 (UTC+8)|
One of the PRC’s political reform programs is to stimulate local governments to experiment democracy, through which the practices of civic political participation can be performed. Under such circumstances, the model of “democratic consultation” within the five townships in Wenling City, Zhejiang Province forms a trend, which has attracted attention from domestic governments and international scholars. The form of “democratic consultation” started in Wenling City in 1999. Since then, political scientists in China have studied it from the view of “deliberative democracy”, a perspective from western studies. However, this article considers that such perspective would lead to a misunderstanding of “democratic consultation”. The character of “democratic consultation” is no more than an expression of opinion in which the direct elections have never blended in. That is to say, the “democratic consultation” does not touch upon the relations of election and democracy; it is a democratic style without free election. In aspect to the political development in China, the authors conclude the following: (1) It may be time to experiment reform in the CCP; (2) public budgetary issue is more operational, and the process of budget review is more open and transparent; (3) the more promotion on democratic consultation is, the more active the local people’s congresses will be; (4) the mode of “democratic consultation” should be applied in other areas, and a rigid check and balance mechanism has to be maintained.
|Relation:||中國大陸研究, 53(3), 1-24|
|Appears in Collections:||[中國大陸研究 TSSCI] 期刊論文|
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