Nationalism, National Identity and Democratization in China

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Ashgate, 2000 - Political Science - 240 pages
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The text argues that Chinese nationalism is not monolithic and that popular Chinese nationalism attempts to exclude the role of the party-state in defining national identity. Most importantly, it has the potential to demand democratic reform and push for democratization in China. Nevertheless, the alliance between nationalism and democracy will expedient. Chinese nationalism, whether official or popular, comes into conflict with democracy when it confronts the national identity/boundary problem. They clash with each other where territoriality is involved. The Chinese nationalist solution to the problem is logically and inherently opposed to the contemporary trend towards democracy.

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Ethan J. Leib is a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Baogang He is the Chair in International Studies at The School of Politics and International Studies, Deakin University, Australia.

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