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Market Economics and Political Change: Comparing China and Mexico

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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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
This book is certainly a good starting point for comparative studies. It sheds light on such important issues as free market economies and an empowered civil society that would be in favor of an operative democratic system.
Timothy Brook
A unique undertaking and a delight. By putting Mexico and China side by side and setting the task of comparison in an entirely new context, the editors are able to tackle many of the old questions about political culture, political development, and state-society relations in entirely new and original ways.
China Review International - Maria Chan Morgan
A most lucid, systematic, and up-to-date survey of the important literature in this field. . . . This erudite volume is exemplary f what all good edited books should do but too often fail to achieve.
Emilio Zebadúa
This book comes at a time when Mexico, after a process of market reforms, is confronting a historical legacy of authoritarianism. Triggered by economic and political opening, Mexico’s civil society is demanding a deep democratic transformation of the Mexican state. This book puts forth some of the practical and theoretical contradictions and difficulties a country faces while trying to adapt to both rapid economic and political change.
China Review International
This erudite volume is exemplary of what all good edited books should do but too often fail to achieve. All the contributors focus on a common theme [and] they have a lively dialogue adressing one another's work....This important volume provides a most lucid, systematic, and up-to-date survey of the important literature in this field.
Journal Of Asian Studies
This book is certainly a good starting point for comparative studies. It sheds light on such important issues as free market economies and an empowered civil society that would be in favor of an operative democratic system.
Timothy Brook
A unique undertaking and a delight. By putting Mexico and China side by side and setting the task of comparison in an entirely new context, the editors are able to tackle many of the old questions about political culture, political development, and state-society relations in entirely new and original ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847687329
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/11/1998
  • Edition number: 360
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Theoretical Context Chapter 2 Market Liberalization and Democratization: The Case for Comparative Contextual Analysis Chapter 3 Market Economics and Political Change: A Historical and Theoretical Examination Part 4 Part II: Regional Context Chapter 5 Market-Oriented Reforms and National Development in Latin America Chapter 6 Socialist Marketization and East Asian Industrial Structure: Locating Civilized Society in China Part 7 Part III: Judicial System, Civil Society, and Political Culture Chapter 8 Mexico: Economic Liberalism in an Authoritarian Polity Chapter 9 Economic and Legal Reform in China: Whither Civil Society and Democratization? Chapter 10 Civil Society and Democratization in Mexico Chapter 11 From Market to Democracy in China: Gaps in the Civil Society Model Part 12 Part IV. Extending the Analysis Chapter 13 Constructive Engagement and Economic Sanctions: The Debate Over Intervention for Democracy Chapter 14 Market Liberalization and Democratic Politics: Perspectives from the Russian Experience
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