Book Talk -- China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?


Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for a conversation with Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Professor of Political Science at Hong Kong Baptist University and author of China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?The conversation will be moderated by Tony Saich, Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs. 

Book cover featuring Xi Jinping and members of the CPC in the Great Hall of the PeopleAbout the Book

Arguing against conventional wisdom, this important book makes a compelling case for the continuing strength of China’s one-party system. Many analysts have predicted that China’s unprecedented economic development and middle-class expansion would lead to a liberalization of its political regime and a move toward democracy. Instead, leading scholar Jean-Pierre Cabestan contends that the Chinese Communist Party will continue to adapt and prosper in the coming decades, representing a growing challenge to all democracies. Influenced by China’s traditional culture and even more so by the regime’s Soviet ideology, institutions, and modus operandi, most Chinese are not pushing for democracy, choosing security, stability and prosperity over political freedoms and participation.