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Limits of China's village democracy


Students in Wukan's downtown area, June 2012.
Photo credit: 
Flickr user Remko Tanis
Activists in Wukan, in Guangdong province, have discovered there are limits to grassroots democracy. New research by Jean C. Oi, showing a high percentage of upper-level government overseers in China's villages, highlights the boundaries of the power of local elected officials.