Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to "Global Culture" in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan - Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific (Paperback)Daniel C. Lynch (author)
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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 communist party resists democratization, in part because its leaders believe it would lead to China's "permanent decentering" in world history. As China's power increases, the party could begin restructuring global culture by inspiring actors in other Asian countries to uphold or restore authoritarian rule.
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"(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 *
"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 *
"...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
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