Reforming Peking University: A Window into Deliberative Democracy?
Village elections at the rural level are often cited as promising evidence of the continuing democratization of China. However, examples of grassroots democracy are often concentrated in rural China and few analogous examples in China’s major urban areas (where the average level of education, income, and political activism is much higher) exist. One form of grassroots democracy, deliberative democracy, is gaining currency in Europe and North America. Deliberative democracy proposes that major public policy decisions ought to be subject to spirited public discussion and debate, with the belief that dialogue and deliberation lead to optimal compromise and a more accurate consensus about the public interest. According to the theory of deliberative democracy, civic deliberation is the basis for the legitimacy of public policies and ultimately for politics more generally (Chen Jiagang 2004).
KeywordsPublic Sphere Public Debate Public Reason Deliberative Democracy Reform Plan
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