Guang Zhang's research while affiliated with Xiamen University and other places

Publications (4)

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After roughly two decades of village elections, to what extent are high quality local elections consolidated in rural China? While attitudinal and behavioral evidence tell a mixed story, this paper leverages experimental data to understand how the procedural quality of village elections, specifically the methods used to nominate candidates, affects...
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All governments are dependent upon a degree of political support and legitimacy. Some authoritarian countries, like Singapore and China, have staked this legitimacy on an “authoritarian bargain” in which residents exchange their political rights for economic growth and development. However, this bargain is complicated in the Chinese countryside, wh...
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The Chinese government has stated that economic rights must precede civil and political rights (see Weatherly 1999). Do Chinese villagers similarly prioritize their economic rights over political rights? We use an experimental study, set in the context of village elections, to assess the relative importance of political and economic rights. In cont...

Citations

... For instance, Kennedy suggests that the CCP offers political rights to vote as a bargain for social stability [30]. Similarly, Wilking and Zhang also argue that the Chinese government offers political rights to impoverished regions as compensation to their economic dissatisfaction [31]. By taking the initiative to adopt the Organic Law for the Village Committees (OLVC) in 1987, the CCP plays the role of a "giver" of rural elections. ...