Market Economics and Political Change: Comparing China and Mexico

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Juan David Lindau, Timothy Cheek, Professor of Chinese Research Timothy Cheek
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998 - 346 pages
Does market liberalization promote democracy? The accepted answer from scholars, pundits, and politicians alike has been yes. However, the contributors to this innovative study of market reforms and political change in Mexico and the People's Republic of China argue that this easy equation is not only empirically uncertain but methodologically flawed. Using comparative contextual analysis, the contributors carefully identify the elective affinities between these two very different polities to reveal key variables that determine how markets will affect democracy, particularly law as the 'rudder of democracy' and the role of political culture in civil society.
 

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Contents

Market Liberalization and Democratization The Case for Comparative Contextual Analysis
3
Market Economics and Political Change A Historical and Theoretical Examination
33
REGIONAL CONTEXT
57
MarketOriented Reforms and National Development in Latin America
59
Socialist Marketization and East Asian Industrial Structure Locating Civil Society in China
95
JUDICIAL SYSTEM CIVIL SOCIETY AND POLITICAL CULTURE
125
Mexico Economic Liberalism in an Authoritarian Polity
127
Economic and Legal Reform in China Whither Civil Society and Democratization?
159
From Market to Democracy in China Gaps in the Civil Society Model
219
EXTENDING THE ANALYSIS
253
Constructive Engagement and Economic Sanctions The Debate over Intervention for Democracy
255
Market Liberalization and Democratic Politics Perspectives from the Russian Experience
279
Bibliography
301
Index
329
About the Editors and Contributors
345
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The Civil Society and Democratization in Mexico
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Juan D. Lindau is Associate Professor of politics at Colorado College. Timothy Cheek is Associate Professor of history at Colorado College.

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