Author: Richard Levy

RICHARD LEVY teaches Political Science at Salem State College. He has studied China's political economy since 1968, speaks Chinese, and has been to China over twenty times. He has also been involved in progressive movements on domestic and international issues since the 1960s.

Village Elections in China — Democracy or Façade?

Do elections of self-governing Village Committees in China's signify a major step towards democracy? How, if at all, do these elections affect power relations among various groups, class strata, and nascent or even actual classes in the Chinese countryside? Inside and outside of the villages, who makes decisions about how the village will evolve or develop?