In response to the 2014 No.1 Research Program of Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, a Deliberative Poll was held at Puxing Sub-district in Pudong New District, Shanghai on May 31st, 2015. Advised by the Center for Comparative Urban Governance (CCUG) at Fudan University, the Deliberative Poll invited ordinary citizens to participate in selecting projects that receive “Neighborhood Committee Self-governance Fund”.
The preparation and implementation of this project — starting from training moderators, random sampling of residents, and ending with Deliberation Polling® — spanned over 6 months. The project offers a vivid example of putting theories of deliberative democracy into practice in urban China.
- Making Democracy Practicable in China: The first Deliberative Polling® on Urban Governance in Shanghai
The article was originally written in Chinese by Han Fuguo, He Jing, and Yang Xu and published in The Paper on June 10, 2015. The English version was translated and edited by Kaiping Zhang to accommodate international readers.
- The key to deliberative democracy is grasping the public’s opinion (language: Chinese) Tencent Culture 12/2015 PDF
- When the People Speak book launched in China (language: Chinese) inews.qq.com 12/2015 PDF