The development of rural governance models and recent innovations

LIU Jinhai1

(1.Center for Chinese Rural Studies, Central China Normal University )

【Abstract】Although villagers’ self-governance is the basic institution in rural China over the past 30 years, diversified models of rural governance have been witnessed in recent years. This paper analyzes the development of three new social forces in rural governance in addition to “1+N” governance system and horizontal division of powers, namely, natural villagers groups, clan authorities and other civil organizations. These three types of social forces have played different roles in governance, leading to different governance models. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the original village-level governance unit in some rural areas has been broken or reconstructed and villagers group autonomy, district management and other new rural governance models have appeared, making the rural governance model more diversified. This article concludes that the diversity of rural governance models has further promoted the development of rural governance by highlighting villagers’ rights and dominant position.

【Keywords】 villagers’ self-governance; rural governance; models; diversity;


【Funds】 National Social Science Foundation of China (12AZD007)

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CN: 11-3586/F

Vol , No. 06, Pages 67-74+97

November 2016


Article Outline


  • 1 Three major prerequisites of rural governance
  • 2 Development and innovation of rural governance models
  • 3 Positive significance of the development and innovation of rural governance models
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