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Political Culture and Participation in Rural China by Yang Zhong

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2 Core democratic valuesand orientations1

‘Should China adopt a democratic political system?’ and ‘What kind of democratic political system should China have?’ are still hotly debated questions inside and outside China. Regardless of the outcome of this debate, it is probably inevitable that China will, sooner or later, engage in meaningful democratic reform of its political system as social and economic problems reach boiling point. When that happens, will the Chinese people be ready to live in such a system and make it work? In general, it is assumed that ‘the development of a stable and effective democratic government depends upon the orientations that people have to the political process upon the political culture.’2 As Gibson and Duch ...

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