Democracy and Ascendancy: Trends in China and Beyond

Larry Diamond, Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford

Governments around the world are experiencing profound challenges to their rule. As questions mount around the political futures of regions undergoing change, Larry Diamond argues that even countries like China, one of the world’s preeminent economic and political powers, stand a good chance of becoming democratic in the next two decades. Is there a “Chinese path” toward democratization? Can the public and social demands of an increasingly wealthy and open market China continue its ascendancy under its present political organization? Larry Diamond, a distinguished scholar in the field of democracy studies, will explore the present sources of global democratic progress, and project how we should view the prospects for a democratic shift in China.

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