Public participation in democracy, local accountability and happiness: Evidence from rural China
|Corresponding Author||Wang，Liyan; Ye，Maoliang|
This study examines how an important reform of local governance—village democracy—in the world's most populous areas has affected the happiness of residents in rural China. We find that introducing elections per se has no significant impact. In comparison, direct nomination of local leaders by villagers, which is a form of competitive election involving a high degree of public participation in political decision making, leads to higher levels of happiness. Further mechanism analyses show that direct nomination improves the local accountability of elected leaders by boosting the quality and effort of village heads and their governance performance by lowering the tax burden of villagers and vitalizing local public services. Our results highlight the importance of public participation in democracy and the underlying role of local accountability in affecting the subjective well-beings of citizens.
|ESI Research Field|
SOCIAL SCIENCES, GENERAL
Cited Times [WOS]:0
|Document Type||Journal Article|
|Department||School of Business|
1.China Financial Policy Research Center,Institute of Public Finance and Taxation,School of Finance,Renmin University of China,Beijing,China
2.School of Government,Shenzhen University,Shenzhen,China
3.Department of Information Systems & Management Engineering,College of Business,Southern University of Science and Technology,Shenzhen,China
|Corresponding Author Affilication||School of Business; Department of Information Systems and Management Engineering|
Liu，Yongzheng,Wang，Liyan,Ye，Maoliang. Public participation in democracy, local accountability and happiness: Evidence from rural China[J]. GOVERNANCE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONS,2022.
Liu，Yongzheng,Wang，Liyan,&Ye，Maoliang.(2022).Public participation in democracy, local accountability and happiness: Evidence from rural China.GOVERNANCE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONS.
Liu，Yongzheng,et al."Public participation in democracy, local accountability and happiness: Evidence from rural China".GOVERNANCE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONS (2022).
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