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Economic Development Obstructing the Democratization in China -All Wealth Is Not Stimulating Democracy

Berg, Simon LU (2009) STVK01 20092
Department of Political Science
Abstract
China is the country in the world with the strongest economic development for the last three decades with an average economic growth of 9 percent annually. The country is very controlled and the government is in power of the media as well as the Internet. But according to the modernization theory China should be a democracy. The theory is presenting a correlation between economic development and democratization. When a country gets wealthier it is at the same time developing education that brings democracy to the people. These two variables are the most important in the theory.
I am testing the modernization theory looking at China as a deviant case, and have found out that the result is not following the theory. Even though it is... (More)
China is the country in the world with the strongest economic development for the last three decades with an average economic growth of 9 percent annually. The country is very controlled and the government is in power of the media as well as the Internet. But according to the modernization theory China should be a democracy. The theory is presenting a correlation between economic development and democratization. When a country gets wealthier it is at the same time developing education that brings democracy to the people. These two variables are the most important in the theory.
I am testing the modernization theory looking at China as a deviant case, and have found out that the result is not following the theory. Even though it is economically developing, there is a lack of democratization. Since the government in China is very structured and strong, the one that is gaining most from the economic development is the Government in relationship to the democracy. In this case, all wealth is not gaining the democratization; the government is still in control of the population. (Less)
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Berg, Simon LU
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STVK01 20092
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Democratization, Modernization Theory, Democracy, Economic Development, Kina
language
English
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1526184
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2010-02-01 11:40:43
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  abstract     = {China is the country in the world with the strongest economic development for the last three decades with an average economic growth of 9 percent annually. The country is very controlled and the government is in power of the media as well as the Internet. But according to the modernization theory China should be a democracy. The theory is presenting a correlation between economic development and democratization. When a country gets wealthier it is at the same time developing education that brings democracy to the people. These two variables are the most important in the theory. 
I am testing the modernization theory looking at China as a deviant case, and have found out that the result is not following the theory. Even though it is economically developing, there is a lack of democratization. Since the government in China is very structured and strong, the one that is gaining most from the economic development is the Government in relationship to the democracy. In this case, all wealth is not gaining the democratization; the government is still in control of the population.},
  author       = {Berg, Simon},
  keyword      = {Democratization,Modernization Theory,Democracy,Economic Development,Kina},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Economic Development Obstructing the Democratization in China -All Wealth Is Not Stimulating Democracy},
  year         = {2009},
}