Week 6-3 Election (1)

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POLC 3020: Week 6 (3) Village Elections in China Oct. 1, 2010
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What are the channels of expressing opinion and how effective are they? What are the impacts of village election on Chinese society? Is it really effective? Does village election indicate that meaningful political reform has begun in China? Question
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Three Stages of Village Election Development The Early 1980s First appeared in Guangxi Province in 1980 The purpose was to address a decline in social order and broader political crisis that was fast becoming apparent as people’s communes stopped functioning after the end of the Cultural Revolution. Elected villagers’ committee members managed neighborhood affairs. Grassroots democracy, but uninstitutionalized and limited in nature
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Three Stages of Village Election Development 1982 1998 The 1982 Constitution recognized VCs. Becoming more controversial Local officials feared that village elections would hurt their interests and
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Unformatted text preview: even lead to a breakdown of public order. Supporters believed that elections are the best way to dislodge second-rate local officials and consolidate Party rule. In 1987, the Organic Law of Villagers Committees established villagers committees as mass organizations of self-government . Enforcement of the Organic Law often involved a struggle between villagers who demanded improved accountability and township leaders who refused to quit their authority to appointed village officials. Three Stages of Village Election Development 1998 present The revised Organic Law (1998) clarified election procedures. All VC candidates must be directly nominated by villagers. There must be more candidates than positions. Voting must be done in secret. Local peoples congresses enact implementing regulations and do what is necessary to ensure that voters can exercise their democratic rights....
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