Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Political Science

Document Type



What factors help or hinder democratization in China? Democracy in China is not an unknown term, but the difficulty of making “democratic” reforms in China has raised the question of if China will democratize. This literature review and analysis will examine the factors, which help or hinder democratization in China through economic and cultural means. By using a literature review as well as reviewing the concepts of democracy and prerequisites thereof, three scenarios for democratization will be determined. Through the use of the information provided in the latter, I predict that while democracy is possible in China, the state will not reform in the next 5 years by any means. This is due to various factors including increased economic development and the use of “Asian Values.”

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Timothy Rich


International Relations | Other Political Science | Political Science