The Rise of the Authoritarian Giant: Why Hasn't China Transitioned to Democracy?

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The United States has long sought to integrate China into international organizations and global trade networks in the belief that bringing China into contact with democratic nations would help stimulate democracy within China. Rather than transitioning toward democracy, however, the Chinese government has become more authoritarian in recent years. Why is this so, and what are some of the potential political and economic consequences for the United States?

Mark Simpson, faculty associate in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' Faculty of Social Science, will lead this presenantation and discussion as part of the Social Science Colloquium Series at ASU Polytechnic campus on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Simpson's work examines challenges to American geopolitical dominance from foreign entities as well as the origins and ideologies of terrorist organizations. Simpson teaches courses in political science, human geography and American history. He is an advocate for integrative and interdisciplinary education.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Department: 
Faculty of Social Science, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
Joshua Kane, Lecturer
Location: 
Santa Catalina Hall 359
Campus: 
Polytechnic campus
Price: 
Free