February 11, 2009 4:30 PM

A decade after village elections began in China, mixed results

The public tallying of village finances is part of a broader drive that reached its peak a little more than a decade ago when the nation's senior leaders ordered grassroots elections held in villages across China. In reality, the experiment in grassroots democracy has fallen short, outmaneuvered in some regions by local Communist Party secretaries who outrank elected officials.

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