chapter  5
20 Pages

A Comparative Politics of Democratization in China

ByEdward Friedman

In intercultural exchange, it is important for all parties to learn from each other, especially about themselves. A model is how Americans still ponder the insights in the Frenchman Tocqueville’s great study, Democracy in America. In like manner, Pan Wei explores China’s political prospects partly in terms of the experiences and achievements of other countries, especially Asian success stories. Insights into Chinese political dynamics may be won by grappling with this able Beijing University scholar’s broadly informed perspective. It is refreshing to read a work which ridicules the Marxist nonsense that pre-modern China was a multi-millennia feudal system. Professor Pan is worth taking seriously.