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Economic liberalisation: How the early “democratisation” is prolonging the rule of the Communist Party

Ahlner, Katarina LU (2009) STVK01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
China is an extraordinary country; in the last 30 years the economic development has moved forward in an almost impossibly high and even speed. The GDP has grown with an annual average of ten percent and placed the Chinese economy among the top three largest economies in the world. But while the economic development keep racing ahead, the democratic development has slowed down and is now standing still. This is something that should be impossible according the belief of many of political scientists, as it, according to modernisation theory, is an inevitability that economic development leads to democracy. So why does this not happening in Mainland China?
In this paper the supposed correlation between these two variables is examined closer... (More)
China is an extraordinary country; in the last 30 years the economic development has moved forward in an almost impossibly high and even speed. The GDP has grown with an annual average of ten percent and placed the Chinese economy among the top three largest economies in the world. But while the economic development keep racing ahead, the democratic development has slowed down and is now standing still. This is something that should be impossible according the belief of many of political scientists, as it, according to modernisation theory, is an inevitability that economic development leads to democracy. So why does this not happening in Mainland China?
In this paper the supposed correlation between these two variables is examined closer by studying process between the cause and the supposed effect, or rather between economic development and democratisation. By looking at this it is revealed that it is not the economic development that that caused the previous liberalisation in China instead it is the previous liberalisation that is causing the economical growth and development. Hence making liberalisation, or the so-called democratisation, appear to be the independent variable and the economic development the dependent one in the correlation. (Less)
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author
Ahlner, Katarina LU
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organization
course
STVK01 20091
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Economic Development, Democratic Development, Liberalisation, Modernisation theory, China
language
English
id
1459273
date added to LUP
2009-09-21 08:23:13
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2009-09-21 08:23:13
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  abstract     = {China is an extraordinary country; in the last 30 years the economic development has moved forward in an almost impossibly high and even speed. The GDP has grown with an annual average of ten percent and placed the Chinese economy among the top three largest economies in the world. But while the economic development keep racing ahead, the democratic development has slowed down and is now standing still. This is something that should be impossible according the belief of many of political scientists, as it, according to modernisation theory, is an inevitability that economic development leads to democracy. So why does this not happening in Mainland China?
In this paper the supposed correlation between these two variables is examined closer by studying process between the cause and the supposed effect, or rather between economic development and democratisation. By looking at this it is revealed that it is not the economic development that that caused the previous liberalisation in China instead it is the previous liberalisation that is causing the economical growth and development. Hence making liberalisation, or the so-called democratisation, appear to be the independent variable and the economic development the dependent one in the correlation.},
  author       = {Ahlner, Katarina},
  keyword      = {Economic Development,Democratic Development,Liberalisation,Modernisation theory,China},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Economic liberalisation: How the early “democratisation” is prolonging  the rule of the Communist Party},
  year         = {2009},
}