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Democracy with chinese characteristics Lecture POL100Y

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Department
Political Science
Course
POL101Y1
Professor
Jeffrey Kopstein
Semester
Fall

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October 28, 2013 Democracy with Chinese Characteristics Anti-liberal democracy = China. World sees a declining form of Government with democracy’s image declining. Global story, China is a global model that is compelling and an alternative to Fukuyama’s and an alternative to modern democracy. “The people’s wishes for and needs for democracy and freedom are irresistible.” Premier Wen Jia-Bao, interview with CNN, September 23, 2010 - There is potential for reform at the same time there is no potential to reform - Limpest test on modernization theory is used to predict whether China becomes democratic - China is an enduring alternative CHINA IN THE MODERN ERA - End of the Qing Dynasty (Opium war with England. British merchants/traders brought opium to China, and many were becoming addicted) China fought back this was and got destroyed. England beat them and demanded reparations. Political crisis causing economic crisis Parts of China were colonial out. Later lost a war to Japan - Overthrow of Qing Dynasty—REPUBLICAN REVOLUTION Goal to rebuild modified, unified china with reflection - Sun Yat- Sen – “Three principles of the People”, end of rule of Empororer beginning of nation Democracy and Republic NON- DEMOCRATIC MODERN CHINA It is not democratic. Not a poliargy. There is no alternative to Chinese Communist party. Few freedoms of press , speech and assembly. May moments of democratic opening,. 1) A democratic Revolution? Chinese Revelatory spirit, Mao the nationalist leader, High tide of Maoist socialism (1949-56) 100 flowers Movement (1956) Anti-rightist Campaign (1957) Great Leap Forward (1958-1962) If you truly love your country you’d allow it to liberalize. China would develop s
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