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Citizen Participation And China's Governance Reforms

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A concept of "citizen participation" is more suitable for such purposes. The actors in the citizen participation process include not only individual citizens, but also informal groups of people, civic associations and emerging public groups like "netizens". Citizen participation activities include not only behaviors to influence public authorities, but also activities to protect one's own rights and interests when these are infringed upon by public authorities. Public participation has also contributed to China's governance transformation, although there is still an urgent need to develop orderly citizen participation. It can be divided into institutional and non-institutional participation. These participation patterns determine that China's citizen participation includes activities that influence the government, activities that directly protect the actors' own rights and interests, and political activities that are launched only as a way to give vent to anger.

Keywords: China's governance reforms; citizen participation; institutional participation; non-institutional participation; Public participation



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