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Democratization: The Chinese Model And Course Of Political Development

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The evolution of human political civilization is, in reality, a process of political development, just as the transition from a traditional to modern political civilization is a process of political modernization. In order to build a socialist political civilization, China's political development must pursue a course that incorporates specifically Chinese characteristics and be based on a model that corresponds to China's current domestic conditions. Professor Zhou Guanghui identified ten positive trends in China's democratic development since the initiation of the reform and opening up. It is commonly accepted that the goal of China's political development is political democratization. However, there is great discrepancy among scholars with regard to the specific model of this democratic development, the most prevalent of which may be summarized as follows: (1) electoral democracy, (2) liberal democracy, and (3) collaborative democracy.

Keywords: Chinese model; human political civilization; political democratization

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