Democracy with Chinese Characteristics
China in the Modern Era
•End of Qing Dynasty
•Sun-Yet-Sen –three principles of people *Nation, Democracy, Welfare*
•Population crisis, economic crisis, nationalistic crisis (Manchurian outsiders) –prior
Non Democratic Modern China
•Basket-case economy –now one of the largest economies in the world
•China is not a democracy in theory, polyarchy, institutionalization
•No separation of legislation, freedom, and opposition or level of uncertainty
•No alternative to Chinese communist party
•Turns all theories on their heads –our theories are wrong.
•China should be democratic?
A Democratic Revolution
•High tide of Maoist socialism (1949-56)
•100 Flowers Movement (1956) –authority questioned!
•Anti-Rightist campaign (1957) –patriotism questioned!
•Great Leap Forward – (1958-62) –communism, industry, social, economic, work
•Cultural Revolution (1966-76) –Ten Lost Years
•Yet no democratic revolution! Regime under Maoist a disaster.
A Modernizing China