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China's Authoritarian Path to Development

Is Democratization Possible?, 1st Edition

By Liang Tang


264 pages

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This book examines the various stages of China’s development, in the economic, social, and political fields, relating theories and models of development to what is actually occurring in China, and discussing how China’s development is likely to progress going forward. It argues that China’s modernization hitherto can be characterized as "authoritarian development" – a fusion of mixed economic institutions of varying types of ownership with social stability and political cohesiveness – and that the present phase, where more emphasis is being given to social issues, is likely to lead on to a new phase where a more mature civil society and a more extensive middle class are likely to look for greater democratization. It presents an in-depth analysis of China’s changing social structure and civil society, explores the forces for and processes of democratization, and assesses the prospects for further democratization in the light of changing social structures.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Preconditions and Patterns of Democratization: A Theoretical Framework for Political Changes in China

1. Chinese Model of Modernization under One-Party Rule

2. Evolution of China's Political Institutions

3. China's Developmental Strategy under Authoritarianism

4. Political Reform from the Above

5. Media Reform, Information Transparency and the Transmutation of Authoritarian System

6. Rise of the Middle Class and Development of Civil Society

7. Rights Protection in the Low-Tide Period of Democracy Movement

Conclusion: Authoritarian Developmentalism and China’s Democratic Future

About the Author

Liang Tang is a Professor at the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies