Democratic elections, tend to produce a sense of national cohesion. Cohesion matters. In China, leaders fear elections, even at local level. But democracy is not just about elections and China is experimenting with non-electoral mechanisms of political participation, such as deliberation and sortition. Can such mechanisms help to secure social cohesion in China?

Text Editing and Production: Nina zu Fürstenberg
Interview: Nina zu Fürstenberg
Video: Andrea Martella – Salvatore Caruso
Video Editing: Andrea Martella

Venice 2019