Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to “Global Culture” in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan (c)


Daniel C. Lynch

Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific


Stanford: Stanford University Press

Available From: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 0-8047-5394-6
Binding: cloth
Pages: 320


Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to "Global Culture" in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan is the eleventh title in the East-West Center book series, Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific, published by Stanford University Press.

This book argues that democratization is inherently international: states democratize through a process of socialization to a liberal-rational global culture. This can clearly be seen in Taiwan and Thailand, where the elites and attentive public now accept democracy as universally valid. But in China, the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) resists democratization, in part because, its leaders believe, it would lead to China's "permanent decentering" in world history; they see global culture as Western, not universal. As China's national power increases, the CCP could begin restructuring global culture by emboldening and inspiring actors in other Asian countries to uphold or restore authoritarian rule.


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Preface: Rising China and Asian Democratization
  1. Democratization as Socialization to "Global Culture"
  2. Buddhism and the Siamese Alacrity Toward Global Culture(s)
  3. Deepening Thai Democracy: The 1990s and Beyond
  4. The Chinese Communist Party's Pursuit of "Multipolar Modernity"
  5. Chinese Cross-Currents Countered by "Political Civilization"
  6. Taiwan: Democratization as De-Sinification
  7. Threats to the Consolidation of Taiwanese Democracy
  8. The Future of Democracy and Liberal-Rational Global Culture in Asia
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"The book is based on a very rich trove of recent, original research that will interest area specialists. At the same time, it makes a very interesting and innovative argument that scholars of globalization, democratization, and political development will want to read . . . the theoretical argument is original, thought-provoking, well-argued, and interesting, and offers a very pointed challenge to conventional wisdom. The way Lynch talks about China is brilliant."

--Shelley Rigger, Davidson College


"(The book) is magisterial. Because it encompasses so much and challenges so much, its theses will be debated. The book will prod people to do review essays and hold symposia. In short, it is a very important work. This is superb scholarship."

--Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison


"...significant and clearly articulated..."

--Library Journal


"Lynch's theoretical framework provides a new perspective on the variable of global culture; his arguments are likely to inspire much debate and reflection in policy making and scholarly circles."

--Taiwan Journal of Democracy


"In Rising China, Lynch has fashioned a masterful intellectual work. The book is substantively and intellectually rich--at times exuberantly so...Rising China should establish Lynch as one of the major scholars in contemporary US-China relations."

--International Studies Review