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Wenzhou Non-governmental Commercial Chambers

The Dilemma of the Development and the Value of Democracy

Authors: Chen Shengyong, Ma Bin

Date: 2004, Issue 1

Published by Open Times

Abstract: In the last dozen of years, a large group of non-governmental commercial chambers were created spontaneously by entrepreneurs. These commercial chambers are paving the way for democracy. However, there are currently many elements that are handicapping their development. For example, their legal status remains unsettled, they have very limited power in governmental decision-making, their social support is underdeveloped, and they rely too much on elite management. This author suggests that they can learn something from the formal commercial chambers in other countries and start to build up their legal foundation.

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