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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 that determine how markets will affect democracy, particularly law as the 'rudder of democracy' and the role of political culture in civil society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847687329
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/11/1998
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Juan D. Lindau is Associate Professor of politics at Colorado College. Timothy Cheek is Associate Professor of history at Colorado College.

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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