Will China Democratize?

ISBN-10: 1421412438

ISBN-13: 9781421412436

Edition: 2013

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While China has achieved extraordinary economic success as it has moved toward open markets and international trade, its leadership maintains its authoritarian grip, repressing political movements, controlling all internet traffic, and opposing any democratic activity. Because of its huge population, more than half the people in the world who lack political freedom live in China. Its undemocratic example is attractive to other authoritarian regimes. But can China continue its growth without political reform? In Will China Democratize?, Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner present valuable analysis for anyone interested in this significant yet perplexing question.Since the Journal of Democracy's very first issue in January 1990, which featured articles reflecting on the then-recent Tiananmen Square massacre, the Journal has regularly published articles about China and its politics. By bringing together the wide spectrum of views that have appeared in the Journal’s pages—from contributors including Fang Lizhi, Perry Link, Michel Oksenberg, Minxin Pei, Henry S. Rowen, and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo— Will China Democratize? provides a clear view of the complex forces driving change in China's regime and society.Whether China will democratize—and if so, when and how—has not become any easier to answer today, but it is more crucial for the future of international politics than ever before.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue: Peering Over the Great Wall
Scenarios
When Will the Chinese People Be Free?
Confronting a Classie Dilemma
A "Gray" Transformation
The Halting Advance of Pluralism
Top-Level Reform or Bottom-Up Revolution?
Current Trends and Future Prospects
Authoritarian Resilience
The End of Communism
The Rise of the technocrats
The Limits of Authoritarian Resilience
Is CCP Rule Fragile or Resilient?
The Taiwan Factor
Foreseeing the Unforeseeable
Social Forces
Authoritarianism and Contestation
Rural Protest
The Labor Movement
The New Inequality
The Troubled Periphery
The Upsurge of Religion in China
Classical Liberalism Catches On in China
China's Constitutionalist Option
The Massacre's Long Shadow
Goodbye to Gradualism
The Battle for the Chinese Internet
From "Fart People" to Citizens
Chinas "Networked Authoritarianism
The Turn Against Legal Reform
The Rising Cost of Stability
Epilogue: Two Essays on China's Quest for Democracy
Index
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