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Dec 02, 2021 07:49 PM
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China’s Local Governments Should Listen More to the Public in Decision Making, Survey Shows

The report suggested that local governments should make unified rules on soliciting public feedback. Photo: VCG
The report suggested that local governments should make unified rules on soliciting public feedback. Photo: VCG

The majority of local governments surveyed by Chinese researchers lack sufficient transparency in collecting and responding to public opinion during the policymaking process, according to a digital governance research project.

The report evaluated 337 local governments’ performance in soliciting public opinion when drafting regional development plans, and found that only 17% publicized feedback received online and only 23% of them made public their responses to residents’ suggestions.

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