Local people's congresses have become increasingly active, carrying out legislative activities and (supposedly) supervising state organizations. Based on the analysis of bills submitted to Yangzhou Municipal People's Congresses, we find that congress delegates have increasingly represented the interests and demands of the geographic areas from which they are elected, and that the local people's congress has become a place to present and coordinate various competing interests, which are often contradictory to the interests of the local Party committee that represents the higher authority of the state. In other words, the local people's congress has become a place where two interests intersect: the "central" interests represented by the local Party committee and the "local" interests represented by the local people's congress delegates.
- Democratic Institutions in Autoritarian Regimes
- Local People's Congresses
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Political Science and International Relations