Elections in Rural China: Competition Without Parties

  title={Elections in Rural China: Competition Without Parties},
  author={Pierre F. Landry and Deborah S. Davis and Shiru Wang},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={763 - 790}
Village elections in China present scholars with the case of a single-party regime that allows voters to reject candidates regularly. Using a micro survey of 698 voters in 30 rural election districts, the authors demonstrate that when some candidates can lose, voters participate. A comparison of models of voter turnout and running for office further demonstrates that even when competition is structured to the benefit of party members, the perception of competition as choice between candidates… 

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