Roles of Semi-Civil Society in the 1989 Chinese Democracy Movement

  • Baogang He


Some writers suggest that civil society has already developed into a factor in Chinese politics and will essentially dictate a new dimension of political development within it (Nathan, 1989; McCormick et al, 1992). China may be compared with Taiwan, in which civil society has provided ample resources for generating democratic forces (Chen Tunjen, 1989, 1990). The prospect of Chinese democratic politics is thus seen in terms of whether China is able further to develop and strengthen its existing civil society. Yet, the question of how a civil society impacts on Chinese democratization remains to be answered.


Civil Society Student Leader Autonomous Organization Autonomous Student Communist State 
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© Baogang He 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Baogang He
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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