«China: Let’s talk about democracy»

Lundi 20 juin 2016

Meeting with Dr. Lin Gang

Les Débats Asie ont été conçus en 2006 pour confronter les expériences et analyses des décideurs économiques, des acteurs
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Conceptualizing China as a country with rapid economic transformation and little political progress has led to a normative misjudgment that economic reform should occur before significant democratization. In his recent book entitled «China’s Long Quest for Democracy» (Palgrave, March 2016), Dr. Lin compares several historical junctures during China’s long journey towards democracy to observe the constraints of pre-chosen ideological and institutional patterns on political elites in advancing legal and electoral reforms.
Confucian legacies of moralism, elitism, and state centralism, in addition to revolutionary guardianship and populism remain embedded in Chinese practice in rule by law, grassroots autonomy, and intra-party democracy. However, China’s hope for democratic development is encouraged by urban and educational development, generational change andgrowing individualism.
Dr. Lin explores the feasible paths toward democracy in China, challenging methodological wisdom in employing quantitative changes in socioeconomic structure to predict the presumed “dichotomous” change in the political system.

Dr. Lin Gang is distinguished professor of political science and chairman of academic committee at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of International and Public Affairs, director of Center for Taiwan Studies, and member of the University’s Academic Committee (2008—). He is also a vice president of Shanghai Society for Taiwan Studies and senior research associate of Collaborative Innovation Center for Peaceful Development of Across- Strait Relations. He served as Program Associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center (1999-2005) and President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (1998-1999). He received his Ph.D. in political science from Pennsylvania State University (1997), MA in Taiwan studies from Xiamen University (1984), and BA in history from Fujian Normal University (1982). His research interests include comparative politics, Chinese politics, democratic theory, Sino-U.S. relations, and the Taiwan issue.

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