Village Self-Governance: A “Democratic” Style?

  • Guohui Wang
Part of the Understanding China book series (UNCHI)


In the previous chapters, I have examined B village’s VC elections, mainly focusing on the behaviour and strategies employed by villagers, VC candidates and township officials. I have argued that clientelism undermines the implementation of direct or the so-called democratic or free and fair village elections. Clientelism, both an informal social institution and a political strategy, has been used by different actors for different ends as part of (but not only in relation to) the process of VC elections. Through clientelism, VC elections, despite formally being organized in a “free and fair” way that is in line with the law, are dominated by patrons within the villages and by local state officials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guohui Wang
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  1. 1.Department of Public Administration School of Economics and ManagementYantai UniversityYantaiChina

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