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This thesis examines the motivations of the Chinese middle class members to run for District-level people's congress (DPC) elections in Shenzhen and Beijing in 2003. It is interested in exploring why the middle class members wanted to run for the DPC positions that do not have real political power in China, and how their behavior can influence political change in China. By systematically analyzing the candidates' campaign speeches and activities, this study reveals that the major motivatingdoi:10.57709/1059838 fatcat:wcjj3puh7zhu5dywstwy2oa5la