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Chapter 1: Local Government System in India and China: Learning from Each other

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Local Government System in India and China: Learning from Each other
Local government system in India and China: Learning from each other
GeorgeMathew

With the holding of the direct village elections, China has made definite strides towards what has been officially termed as socialist democracy. Today villagers’ committees (hereafter VCs) have emerged as enduring organs of self-government in rural China. Nearly 80 per cent of the villages across China have elected their VCs through a democratic process in which more than 600 million rural voters have taken part. These elections, in the words of a senior official in the ministry of civil affairs, that covered 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, are a ‘quiet revolution in the country side’ which may not have received as much publicity ...

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