After Election: Villagers' Participation and Collective Decision-Making-Collective Decision-making of China Rural Community in the New Context of Villagers’ Election and Self-governance

  •  Fayin Xu    


This paper focuses on the collective decision-making process in the context of villagers’ election and self-governance in China rural community. Taking X village for example, after describing the process of decision-making, the interactions was discussed among some important factors, including the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making, villagers' participations, the structure and function of village political institutions, decision-making mechanisms and counseling rules. According to the survey, collective decision-making can be divided into two types: administrative decision-making and participant decision-making. Participant decision-making process involves differentiated and conflicting interests, consciousness of interests, and extensive villagers’ participation. In the new context, the most important factor for collective decision-making is the building of a new balance mechanism-“negotiation and balance” counseling rule, in order to absorb and organize differentiated and conflicting interests.

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