Prospects for Democratic Transition in China

Prospects for Democratic Transition in China The core tenet of modernization theory is that as nation-states develop both economically and socially, they will inevitably transition to democracy. Yet, despite 30-years of robust economic development and growth, including increases in civil society, democracy remains elusive in China. In this article, we conduct a critical and empirical analysis to understand the challenges and possibilities of democratization in China. Should China transition to democracy, it will most likely occur through a top-down process that transforms the state and its institutions of government or through a cooperative pact by joint forces of top-down and bottom-up processes. Under either a converted or cooperative transition, the modeling in this study strongly suggests that China is likely to be successful should it undertake the process of democratization. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Chinese Political Science Springer Journals

Prospects for Democratic Transition in China

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Journal of Chinese Political Science/Association of Chinese Political Studies
Subject
Political Science and International Relations; Political Science
ISSN
1080-6954
eISSN
1874-6357
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11366-017-9465-z
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Abstract

The core tenet of modernization theory is that as nation-states develop both economically and socially, they will inevitably transition to democracy. Yet, despite 30-years of robust economic development and growth, including increases in civil society, democracy remains elusive in China. In this article, we conduct a critical and empirical analysis to understand the challenges and possibilities of democratization in China. Should China transition to democracy, it will most likely occur through a top-down process that transforms the state and its institutions of government or through a cooperative pact by joint forces of top-down and bottom-up processes. Under either a converted or cooperative transition, the modeling in this study strongly suggests that China is likely to be successful should it undertake the process of democratization.

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Journal of Chinese Political ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 24, 2017

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