Northwestern University

Apr
17
Mon 2:00 PM

Higher Education and Authoritarian Resilience: The Case of China, Past and Present

When: Monday, April 17, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM  

Where: Scott Hall, 212, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Morrissey  

Group: Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS)

Co-Sponsor(s):
Department of Political Science

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

EDGS Speaker Series: “Society and Politics in the Asia-Pacific”

Co-sponsored with Political Science and WCAS

Elizabeth Perry, Harvard

Western social scientists from John Dewey to Seymour Martin Lipset have associated state investment in higher education with liberal democratic regimes. Authoritarian regimes, it is often suggested, do not tend to support higher education because an educated citizenry is seen as a threat to their survival. The case of China, past and present, challenges this conventional wisdom. Imperial China, the most enduring authoritarian system in world history, thrived in large part precisely because of its sponsorship of higher education. The durability of the contemporary PRC may also hinge in no small measure on its support for higher education.

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