Jean-Pierre Cabestan lecture, “China Tomorrow: Dictatorship or Democracy?”

Abstract: Arguing against conventional wisdom, this important book makes a compelling case for the continuing strength of China’s one-party system. Many analysts have predicted that China’s unprecedented economic development and middle-class expansion would lead to a liberalization of its political regime and a move toward democracy. Instead, leading scholar Jean-Pierre Cabestan contends that the Chinese Communist Party will continue to adapt and prosper in the coming decades, representing a growing challenge to all democracies. Influenced by China’s traditional culture and even more so by the regime’s Soviet ideology, institutions, and modus operandi, most Chinese are not pushing for democracy, choosing security, stability and prosperity over political freedoms and participation. About the speaker: Jean-Pierre Cabestan is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also associate researcher at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. He earned his Bachelor degree in Japanese language and Civilization (Licence) and Master degree in Chinese Language and Civilization (Diplome d’etudes approfondies) at Jussieu University (Paris VII), his Ph.D. in Political Science (Doctorat de Science politique) in 1982 at Sorbonne University (Paris I); and a State Doctorate of Law (Doctorat d’Etat en Droit) in 1988 at Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris I). Prior to his present position, Prof. Cabestan has served as a Senior Researcher of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris 1. (September 2003- August 2007); Director, French Research Centre on Contemporary China, Hong Kong, Director of China Perspectives and Perspectives chinoises (September 1998- August 2003); Director, Taipei Office, French Research Centre on Contemporary China (July 1994-August 1998); Researcher at the Centre for Chinese Studies, National Central Library, Taipei, Taiwan (December 1993 to May 1994); Researcher at the Research Institute of Comparative Institutions and Law of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Institut de Recherches Compatatives sur les Institutions et le Droit du Centre national de la recherche scientifique), Paris, (from October 1983 to June 1994, (Head of the China Section); and Member of the French Human Rights Delegation to Mainland China (October 1991).
12:00 pm on Monday, November 25, 2019
1:30 pm on Monday, November 25, 2019
Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston 02215