Saturday, July 12, 2008

The China Fantasy: Why Capitalism Will Not Bring Democracy to China (James Mann)

Beyond the question of the viability of China's one-party political system, this book missed a chance to seriously debate one of the key topics of economie politique: does economic (and to some extent social) progress always walk hand in hand with an increase in political freedom ? Clearly the author takes the view that it will not be the case for China, but it would have been interesting to extend the analysis to other historical examples. A book still worth reading, although being very US-centered and seeming at times to look at the issue through a keyhole.