Seminar: Sources of Social Support for China's Current Political Order


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Politics, Governance, and Security Seminar by Teresa Wright, Professor, California State University, Long Beach; Visiting Scholar, EWC

When: Jun 24 2008 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor); 12 Noon - 1:00 PM

Does capitalism lead to democracy? In the public statements of most American policy-makers, the answer is an unequivocal "yes." Moreover, these ideas are buttressed by decades of academic studies. The reality of China's post-Mao development challenges these understandings. For, since the late 1970s, China has experienced dramatic economic growth and liberalization without substantial political reform. Of perhaps even greater import, despite a marked upsurge in popular unrest in China since the early 1990s, public pressures for systemic political change have been virtually absent, and public support for Chinese Communist Party rule has remained high. In this seminar, Dr. Wright will seek to explain why. Looking comparatively at countries such as Russia, Vietnam, Mexico, India, and South Korea, she will argue that the answer lies in China's combination of state-led development, market forces associated with late industrialization, and a socialist past. In addition, she will discuss the circumstances under which Chinese citizens may be expected to pursue systemic political change.

Teresa Wright is a professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. During the 2007-08 academic year, she has been a Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Center. Her research focuses on protest, dissent, and democratization in China and Taiwan. Along with her book, entitled, The Perils of Protest: State Repression and Student Activism in China and Taiwan (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001), Dr. Wright has published articles in Comparative Politics, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, and Asia Pacific Issues, as well as a number of chapters in edited volumes. Dr. Wright received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808-944-7607