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A Middle Class Without Democracy: Economic Growth and the Prospects for Democratization in China

Jie Chen


What kind of role can the middle class play in potential democratization in such an undemocratic, late-developing country as China? To answer this profound political and theoretical question, Jie Chen explores the attitudinal and behavioral orientation of China’s new middle class to democracy and democratization. Chen’s work is based on a unique set of data collected from a probability-sample survey and in-depth interviews of residents in three major Chinese cities, Beijing, Chengdu, and Xi’an—each of which represents a distinct level of economic development in urban China—in 2007 and 2008. Th ... More

Keywords: China, Chinese politics, democracy, democratization, the middle class, modernization, economic development, developing country, Chinese Communist Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199841639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jie Chen, author
Old Dominion University