China's Village Elections Hint at Democracy BY: Kevin Platt, Staff Writer of the Christian Science Monitor
In a little-noticed experiment with elections, China has in some ways surpassed American democracy.
In nearly a million villages across the world's most populous nation, election candidates are conducting what their American counterparts can only dream about: cost-free campaigns.
For the first time in its millennia-long history, China has made its villages a testing ground and a school for the rudiments of multicandidate voting. The simplicity of the fledgling elections couldn't stand in greater contrast to the intricately financed political battles waged across the United States. The elections are subject to irregularities, and political parties that oppose the …
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