Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Language

English

Abstract

© 2014 SAGE Publications.Dictatorial China contains vivid examples of grassroots deliberative democracy on issues vital to local participants. Three elements in our case studies are relevant to programs of deliberative, participatory decision making elsewhere in the world. First, the Chinese examples have all occurred within longstanding communities. Second, the members of these communities have faced concrete issues of a type they felt they had the knowledge to resolve. And third, all of these communities had access to institutional frameworks established from above that the local populace could utilize as deliberative forums. In addition, a more distinctively Chinese factor was observed in two of our case studies: collective decisions were arrived at based on “moral economy” beliefs rooted in China’s socialist past.

Keywords

China, community, deliberative democracy, egalitarian, moral economy

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Politics and Society

Volume

42

Issue

4

Start Page

513

End Page

535

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1177/0032329214547344

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0032329214547344

ISSN (print)

00323292

ISSN (electronic)

15527514

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