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Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change

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  • Chen, Jie

    (University of Idaho)

  • Dickson, Bruce J.

    (George Washington University)

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    Jie Chen and Bruce J. Dickson draw on extensive fieldwork as they explore the extent to which China’s private sector supports democracy, surveying more than 2,000 entrepreneurs in five coastal provinces with over 70 percent of China’s private enterprises. The authors examine who the private entrepreneurs are, how the party-state shapes this group, and what their relationship to the state is. China’s entrepreneurs are closely tied to the state through political and financial relationships, and these ties shape their views toward democracy. While most entrepreneurs favor multi-candidate elections under the current one-party system, they do not support a system characterized by multi-party competition and political liberties, including the right to demonstrate. The key to regime support lies in the capitalists’ political beliefs and their assessment of the government’s policy performance. China’s capitalists tend to be conservative and status-quo oriented, not likely to serve as agents of democratization. This is a valuable contribution not only to the debates over the prospects for democracy in China but also to understanding the process of democratization around the globe.

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    This book is provided by Harvard University Press in its series Economics Books with number 9780674048966 and published in 2010.

    ISBN: 9780674048966
    Handle: RePEc:hup:pbooks:9780674048966

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    Keywords: Chinese private sector; democratization;

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    Cited by:
    1. Feng, Xunan & Johansson, Anders C. & Zhang, Tianyu, 2013. "Mixing Business with Politics: Political Participation by Entrepreneurs in China," Working Paper Series 2013-28, Stockholm China Economic Research Institute, Stockholm School of Economics.
    2. Feng, Xunan & Johansson, Anders C. & Zhang, Tianyu, 2011. "Political Participation and Entrepreneurial Initial Public Offerings in China," Working Paper Series 2011-17, China Economic Research Center, Stockholm School of Economics.

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