Political Participation (Zhèngzhì cānyù 政治参与)|Zhèngzhì cānyù 政治参与 (Political Participation)
Passersby view a list of candidates for a municipal election in the northwest district of Beijing. China’s traditional political culture allowed the majority of the population only a small role in local and national politics. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Throughout China’s long history people have enjoyed little in the way of political participation. Although formal involvement has increased somewhat since China’s opening and the beginning of reform in 1979, the