Forty years of research on villagers’ self-governance: theoretical perspective and development trend

MU Liangze1

(1.China Urban-Rural Development Institute of Shanxi University)

【Abstract】As one of the three great creations of Chinese farmers since the reform and opening up, villagers’ self-governance has made great achievements in the fields of rural economic construction, political construction, cultural construction and social construction, attracting scholars to carry out extensive research. In the era strategy of rural rejuvenation, the rural areas are effective governance. Based on interdisciplinary, muti-disciplinary and mulch-angle research, this paper selects four perspectives of autonomy, self-governance, democracy and governance to sort out the research and research results of villages’ self-governance for 40 years. The paper holds that the connotation of villagers’ self-governance, which has undergone practical innovation, theoretical renewal and disputes from all sides, can be summarized and further promoted as follows: villagers’ self-governance means that the rural society, based on the tradition of self-governance, achieves effective governance under the condition of autonomy, democracy is the guarantee to achieve good governance. In promoting the strategy of rural revitalization, the realization of villagers’ self-governance for effective governance is the requirement of practical innovation of villagers’ self-governance, the end-result of theoretical research on villagers’ self-governance, and the trend of practical development and theoretical promotion of villagers’ self-governance.

【Keywords】 villagers’ self-governance research; rural revitalization; effective governance;


【Funds】 project of National Social Science Fund (17FZZ003) Innovative Talent Support Project of Shanxi Higher Education Institutions

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Vol , No. 06, Pages 2-11

November 2018


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  • 1 Autonomy perspective of villagers’ self-governance
  • 2 Self-governance perspective of villagers’ self-governance
  • 3 Democratic perspective of villagers’ self-governance
  • 4 Governance perspective of villagers’ self-governance
  • 5 Trend of development: villagers’ self-governance with effective governance
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