Social Governance Innovation from the Perspective of China’s Consultative Democracy: Based on the Urban Grassroots Community Self-Governance

Zhigang MEI


Consultative democracy, a rallying point, is conducive to the promotion of the modernization of national governing systems and to the enhancement of the capability of governing a nation in social transformation. The paper tries to embark on the urban grassroots community by means of empirical study in an attempt to draw a descriptive picture of consultative democracy at community-level and put forward some basic strategies concerning the improvement of consultative democracy with common people as the major respondents. The main survey points are participants cognition, cognition towards public affairs, approaches to participate and practise, cognition on institutionalized consultative democracy and evaluation on the experimental results. The basic strategies include enhancing its participants, improving related working systems in public life at community-level, emphasizing the building of consultative channels and platform concerning social organizations in communication, dialogue, negotiation and conciliation, and weakening up the civic awareness positively.


Urban grassroots society in China; Consultative democracy; Self-governance

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