By Robert Grafstein, Fan Wen, Scott Ainsworth, David Kapust, Qintang Kong, Ruoxi Li, Xiaojun Li, John Anthony Maltese, Shen Ningzhen, Jianfeng Wang, Chen Xingbo
Can China and the USA bridge their political transformations? Are these transformations as huge as traditional knowledge indicates? Thirty years after formal U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relatives have been proven, A Bridge Too Far? addresses those crucial questions by way of bridging the tutorial divide setting apart students who research those international locations from chinese language and Western political technological know-how views. instead of bringing jointly China experts completely, then, this booklet permits a large diversity of students utilizing Western analytical instruments to ascertain chinese language politics and political idea with regards to the USA. It additionally permits chinese language students to check particular coverage components relating to nations and thereby verify or contest the wider research provided through their outsider opposite numbers.
Some of the participants are chinese language experts, a bunch having performed key roles as advisors to the principal govt, others scholars of yank politics, and stilll others political economists or political theorists who're no longer concerned without delay in zone reviews. eventually, a few are academically proficient yet paintings in China within the region of environmental legislation or are felony advisors for state-owned companies. In all, the members carry broad event with China, and all see commonalities underneath the most obvious and deep variations among the 2 international locations. rising from an ongoing face-to-face conversation, the ebook unites this strange team to discover actual parts of overlap among the politics of the 2 international locations with no diminishing the very genuine distance keeping apart them. The essays incorporated talk about subject matters reminiscent of China's democratic customers and the increase of neighborhood village elections, the position of curiosity teams, chinese language political and felony reforms and advancements relating to highbrow estate rights and environmental legislation, Western and chinese language political philosophy, and Sino-American international coverage interactions.
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Extra info for A Bridge Too Far?: Commonalities and Differences between China and the United States
Confronts alternatives to autocracy. It may consider broadening the franchise to more groups within the regime to make it into an oligarchy. . Or it may decide to throw the doors open completely to create a democracy. . China will likely follow this path. The only system [members of the elite] can all agree on that will ensure they are not trodden by others is democracy. Gilley (2004, 131) nonetheless insists that democratic values constitute the necessary background for this compromise. China has seen the rest of the world embracing full democracy.
Another was the Great Leap Forward, an attempt from 1958 to 1960 to exploit the government’s control over the economy to produce industrial gains beyond what could be produced by any market system hampered by the need to provide ordinary material incentives to workers and producers. The last was the Cultural Revolution. The Great Leap Forward revealed in extreme form the inherent weaknesses of political control of the economy and planning when feedback mechanisms, let alone anything like democratic accountability, were weak Democracy in China?
MacFarquhar and Schoenhals 2006). In the end, economic liberalization may have unleashed forces that will someday lead to democracy. Yet is difficult to call the process leading to it “democratization” when democracy, should it develop, will be an unintended consequence of the original reform. Indeed, democratization of the former Soviet Union in the 1990s posed a warning to the later Chinese leadership that democracy is a fate actively to be avoided. And so far, the familial continuity of the political-economic elite before and after the reform indicates the elite bet correctly (see Li 2001).