Chinese Democracy after Tiananmen
192 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
3 illustrations, 15 tables
Release Date:25 Jan 2002
Release Date:29 May 2001
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Chinese Democracy after Tiananmen

UBC Press
In 1989, most observers believed that China’s political reformprocess had been violently short-circuited, but few would now disputethat China is in a very important transition. Central to thistransition has been an extraordinary change in the formal intellectualconception of ‘democracy.’ In this book, Yijiang Dingpresents a multi-dimensional picture of China at the politicalcrossroads. Chinese Democracy looks at the significant change in thestate-society relationship in contemporary China in three interrelatedareas: intellectual, social, and cultural. Drawing heavily on recentChinese scholarship, Ding shows that the emergent theory on the dualismof state and society is contemporaneous with a new cognitive andcultural appreciation of the people’s independence from stateauthority. Is China moving toward liberal democracy? Does Westernengagement with China contribute economically and politically to thisshift? These are the questions at the heart of the book. Which areespecially timely, given the recent reconstruction of political regimesworldwide.
Yijiang Ding is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of theInternational Relations Program at Okanagan University-College.

Figures and Tables


1 Introduction: Democracy in the Chinese Context

2 Pre-Tiananmen Intellectual Rethinking of State and Society

3 Post-Tiananmen Discussions

4 Emerging Civil Society: Associations

5 Reorganising Rural Society:  Village Self-Government

6 Cultural Distinction and Psychological Independence

7 Conclusion: Theory and Reality


Glossary of Chinese Terms

Bibliography of English-language Sources

Bibliography of Chinese Sources


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