Ruling, Resources and Religion

  • Elizabeth Van Wie Davis


Suicide plane bombers and shop burnings are illustrative of some of the questions involved in the art of ruling the Chinese multiethnic state in the twenty-first century. China, throughout the present century, has handled these questions in a manner that makes neighboring Asian states look to China as a possible model. The original East Asian model assumed initial economic growth under a single-party system—military or otherwise—and then the emergence of a multiparty system after the society reached a level of prosperity through targeted exports. The original East Asia model was based on what did happen in South Korea and Taiwan, and to a differing extent in Japan, at the end of the twentieth century. In the twenty-first century, a new Asian model emerged that remained quasi-single party, but still reflected high economic growth across wide sectors of society, of which China has had the largest economic success.


Ethnic Minority Wealth Distribution Asian State Political Liberalization Social Justice Issue 
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    See Christopher Edmunds, Sumner La Croix and Yao Li, “China’s Rise as a Trading Power,” in China’s Emergent Political Economy, ed. Christopher A. McNally (New York: Routledge, 2008).Google Scholar
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    See Samuel Huntington’s classic Political Order in Changing Societies (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1968).Google Scholar

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  • Elizabeth Van Wie Davis
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  1. 1.Colorado School of MinesUSA

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