Re: Can China grow as a one-party state?

David Dollar: Yeah. I don't think there's any question about that. Personally I'm a big fan of democracy, and I think that all the countries that are fully developed all the countries that have become rich have become democracies; but we see quite a few different patterns around the world. There are countries that like Chile that developed under authoritarianism for several decades and then became democratic. South Korea is another example of a country that developed pretty far under authoritarianism and then became democratic. So I think the historical evidence is that China can certainly grow for another decade or longer without significant political change.

Recorded on: 7/3/07

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