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A Survey Of Civic Character And Electoral Reform In China

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This chapter demonstrates the inaccuracy of the long-held theory concerning the "insufficiency of Chinese civic character to participate in democratic elections". Furthermore, it indicates that the most decisive factors in citizens' electoral behavior are the following: (1) topical interest in the issue(s) being put to a vote and (2) the perceived fairness of electoral procedures. Empirical evidence would suggest that as a form of political behavior, electoral tendencies are directly correlated with the education level of the electorate; the results of this survey corroborate this theory. In China today, the election of People's Congress representatives is primarily symbolic, having little to do with individual interests. Electoral reforms aimed at expanding and advancing democratization will certainly reinvigorate and motivate the Chinese citizenry toward fuller participation and greater achievements for themselves and for their country.

Keywords: China; Chinese civic character; electoral reform



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