• Abstract

    The Chinese government promotes "Whole-Process People's Democracy" (WPPD) as a more genuine and advanced form of democracy. However, its practical implications are still unclear. The purpose of this study is to shed light on the practical implications of WPPD through the examination of the 2021 Double Reductions (DR) Policy. The policy aims to alleviate academic pressure on primary and middle school students and the associated stress on their parents. Our examination of official endorsed documents reveals that the DR policy aligns with China's aspiration for national rejuvenation by ensuring a highly skilled future workforce and potentially reversing the low birth rate trend. The policy also seeks to ease stress and burden on students and parents by strictly limiting the growth of the private education sector. Therefore, the policy demonstrates that China's WPPD is focused on the long-term future of the nation and the well-being of the entire population. However, we raise concerns about the efficacy of the policy and whether all stakeholders were fully considered and included in the deliberation process during its formulation.

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