The Cry for Chinese Democratization: Between Idealism and Realism

  • Roland BenedikterEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


The generational power transfer from president Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jaibao to the new president Xi Jinping and the new premier Li Keqiang took place between November 2012 and April 2013. It was both preceded and accompanied by a remarkable upsurge of protest both in mainland China and in the West over the Chinese government’s undemocratic attitude. But were these protests guided by Idealism or Realism?


Wall Street Journal Weapon System Public Protest Democratization Debate Western Liberal Democracy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

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