Allies of the State: Democratic Support and Regime Support among China's Private Entrepreneurs
China Quarterly, Vol. 196, 2008
25 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2008
Date Written: December 1, 2008
This article examines the intensity and sources of Chinese private entrepreneurs' support for the current political system and consequently their orientation toward democracy. The study presented here is based on data from a representative sample of private entrepreneurs collected from five coastal provinces in late 2006 and early 2007. The major findings indicate that in general China's private entrepreneurs tend to support the current Party-state and, subsequently, to be in favor of the status quo. In addition, among all the factors analyzed in this study, the subjective values - such as democratic values, life satisfaction, evaluation of government policy performance, and perception of official corruption - apparently play the most decisive role in shaping private entrepreneurs' support for the Chinese-Communist-Party regime. These findings have important implications for the survival of the regime and for the role of private entrepreneurs in a potential political change toward democracy.
Keywords: Chinese Politics, Democracy, Private Entrepreneurs
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