Deliberative Polling®: China

Sichuan University

Zeguo Township

Zeguo Township Citizens
In Zeguo township, residents voice their opinions in
Deliberative Poll plenary session. (Photo: Jeffrey Prescott)

The Deliberative Polling® project in Zeguo township, Wenling City, allowed a scientific sample of ordinary citizens of China to deliberate about which infrastructure projects would be funded in the coming year.

The local government needed deliberative and consultative meetings to reduce conflicts of interest, reduce any perception of corruption, and provide a channel for citizens and interest groups to express their concerns about municipal construction projects. It is the first example of what we hope will be a broader research program applying Deliberative Polling® in a Chinese context.

Research Papers


A deliberative poll on Zeguo Township's entire budget was held in February 2008.