China's Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead
Bruce Gilley discusses his new book, China's Democratic Future
Thursday, March 04, 2004
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
4357 Bunche Hall
Bruce Gilley’s new book -- China's Democratic Future How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead (Columbia Univ. Press, 2004) -- provides a likely blow-by-blow account of how the Chinese Communist Party will be removed from power and how a new democracy will be born.
Gilley predicts an elite-led transformation rather than a popular-led overthrow. He profiles the key actors and looks at the response of excluded elites, such as the military, as well as interested parties such as Taiwan and Tibet. He explains how democracy in China will be very "Chinese," even as it will also embody fundamental universal liberal features. He deals with competing interests -regional, sectoral, and class -of China's economy and society under democracy, addressing the pressing concerns of world business. Finally he considers the implications for Asia as well as for the United States.
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Bruce Gilley was a contributing editor of Far Eastern Economic Review and lived in China and Hong Kong for more than a decade. He is the author of Tiger on the Brink: Jiang Zemin and China´s New Elite (Univ. of California Press, 1998), Model Rebels: The Rise and Fall of China´s Richest Village (Univ. of California Press, 2001), and, with Andrew J. Nathan, China´s New Rulers: The Secret Files (New York Review of Books, 2002). He is now a doctoral student at Princeton.
For more information on Bruce Gilley's new book, visit the Columbia University Press website.
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