‘A growing middle class inevitably leads to democracy’, this widespread hypothesis is partly based on Barrington Moore’s “Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World” (1966) and his famous assumption “no bourgeoisie, no democracy.” But is it really the case in China? Dr. Alice Ekman, Research Fellow for China at the French Institute of International Relations will address this question by taking into account the disctintive features of this population group in China, its evolving relations with the Communist Party as well as the emerging generation gaps.
DATE: Mar 10 (Tuesday)
VENUE: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Liangmahe Nanlu 4, Sanlitun
ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/10032015/
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Alice Ekman is Research Fellow for China at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), analyzing major domestic and foreign policy developments. She is also an associate professor at Sciences Po in Paris. Regarded as one of Europe’s leading experts on China, she is currently a member of the EU committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and provides analytical support on China to the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
Her latest publications include: “The Distinctive features fo China’s middle class” (Asie. Visions # 69, Ifri, June 2014), “Asia-Pacific: the priority of China’s foreign Policy” (Politique étrangère, Autumn 2014 - English version to be publised in March 2015), and “Nationalism in China and Japan: influences on bilateral relations” (Asie. Visions #70, Ifri, July 2014 - English version to be published in March/April 2015)