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China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest?

Randall Peerenboom


Two sharply contrasting views of China exist today. On the one hand a rising superpower predicted to have the largest economy in the world by mid century, on the other hand a brutal, anachronistic and authoritarian regime, a threat to geo-stability and to the economies of the industrial world. So which China is the real China? The author addresses this question by exploring China's economy, political and legal system, and most controversially, its record on civil, political, and personal rights in the context of the developing world. Avoiding polemic and relying on empirical evidence, he compa ... More

Keywords: China, superpower, globalization, democratization, cultural integrity, political integrity, hypocrisy, politics, legal system, authoritarian regime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226122
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randall Peerenboom, author
Associate Fellow Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies