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Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy
By Andrew J. Nathan
Knopf, 1985, 292 pp.

Misleadingly titled, this book is not about Chinese democracy, which does not exist, but about the Chinese Democracy Movement which flourished for a year or two in the late 1970s and was then crushed. The author convincingly shows that although the Deng regime has achieved significant economic results by tapping the dynamism of the Chinese people, it has not introduced much vigor into the political realm, much less allowed the free press and competitive elections demanded by the Chinese democrats. He does hold out the prospect that economic development will "cause a kind of internal political evolution" as the government loosens the control of the economy, accommodates more ideas from the West, and yields to the demands for more freedom from a rising managerial class.