Will China Change Gears Toward Becoming A Democratic Society?

1541 Words Oct 19th, 2015 7 Pages
Democratization prospects for China have long been debated. How, if ever, will China change gears toward becoming a democratic society? Since World War I, many countries in Eastern Europe and Asia were met with a tremendous change in political climate as their communist regimes collapsed and citizens prepared to uphold the victory of democratic values. This, understandably, brought about much curiosity about a potential future fall of the Chinese communist party and China’s future prospects for a functional liberal Democracy. One of the most important factors to take note of is China’s dramatic economic growth spanning the last 20 years, a growth that has positioned China’s future towards becoming one of the largest economies in the world. This type of dramatic economic success created the Chinese middle class, a prominent role in China’s society, and a generation that advocates the spread of democratic values, thus reducing authoritarian rule. On the other hand, this middle class’ economic, political and social stability interests cause it to be unconcerned with democratization and more likely to side with the current communist party. Is a booming economy and a changing social climate enough to bring about democratization in China? Or is the resiliency of the communist regime and the economic interests of the middle class strong enough to keep China authoritarian for decades to come? It has been proven throughout history that a booming economy creates a generation of…

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