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Political Culture and Participation in Rural China by Yang Zhong

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7 Do village cadres and villagersthink alike?

Do leaders and the masses in a given society share the same or similar opinions, attitudes, values, and political beliefs? This is a question often asked in democracies. Leaders in a democratic society are directly elected by the masses, appointed by elected officials, or appointed by an elected legislature. They are supposed to share the same or similar values and political beliefs with most of the people they govern. If they show a significant discrepancy or ‘disconnect’ with the masses with regard to their fundamental political values and attitudes, it raises serious questions of democratic representation and the stability of the system. Rural southern Jiangsu province in China is not a democratic ...

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