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Independent Candidates' Participation in the 2011-12 Local People's Congress Elections and their Implications for Democratization in China

Abstract Chinese activists came forth in unprecedented numbers to compete as independent candidates in the 2011-12 local people's congress elections throughout China, directly challenging the ruling Chinese Communist Party within the electoral arena. In response, the government threatened, harassed and obstructed the campaigns of these candidates, and as a result only a handful of independent candidates made it onto the official ballots, let alone win the elections. Despite their lack of success, independent candidates have been promoted by media sources as the latest movement with the potential to bring about democratic reform within China. However, independent candidates as a collective have not been sufficiently analyzed in order to determine... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Fitch, Elizabeth Carol (Author) / El-Meehy, Asya (Advisor) / Murphy-Erphani, Julie (Committee member) / Wang, Ning (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Political Science / Asian studies / Sociology / China / democracy / democratization / elections / independent candidates
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 203 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Social Justice and Human Rights 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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