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"Democracy is a good thing. This is true not only for individuals or certain officials but also for the entire nation and for all the people of China."–Yu Keping

So begins "Democracy Is a Good Thing," an essay of great influence that has commanded attention and provoked discussion throughout the world. It is the touchstone of this important volume of the same name. As one of China's foremost political thinkers and a leading proponent of democratizing the People's Republic, Yu Keping is a major figure not only in his native land, but also in the international community. This book brings together much of his most important work and makes it readily accessible to readers in the West for the first time.

"Democracy Is a Good Thing" created a stir internationally. Perhaps more important, however, is the heated debate it spurred within China on the desirability of democratic reform. That important essay appears here, along with several of Yu Keping's other influential works on politics, culture, and civil society. His topics include China's economic modernization, its institutional environment, and the cultural changes that have accompanied the nation's reforms.

Democracy Is a Good Thing pulls back the curtain to reveal ongoing discourse in Chinese political and intellectual circles, discussions that will go a long way toward determining the future of the world's most populous nation.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. John L. Thornton
  3. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction - Making Democracy Safe for China
  2. Cheng Li
  3. p. xvii
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Democracy Is a Good Thing
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. The Study of Political Scienceand Public Administration in China
  2. pp. 6-26
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  1. The Seventeenth Party Congressand the Agenda for China’sPolitical Reforms
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. part II
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. China’s Civil Society
  2. pp. 37-51
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  1. The Characteristics ofChinese Civil Society
  2. pp. 52-74
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  1. Civil Society Organizations
  2. pp. 75-90
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  1. part III
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. Culture and Modernity inChinese Intellectual Discourse
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. The Transformation ofChinese Culture since theLaunching of Reform
  2. pp. 113-133
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  1. China’s Economic Modernizationand Sustainability
  2. pp. 134-139
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  1. Harmony between Man and Nature
  2. pp. 140-146
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  1. part IV
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. Preserving China’s Autonomyin the Era of Globalization
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. Federalism in Modern China
  2. pp. 157-167
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  1. A Harmonious Worldand Global Governance
  2. pp. 168-180
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-198
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  1. Further Reading
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815701675
Related ISBN(s)
9780815722182
MARC Record
OCLC
503441843
Pages
219
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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