UBC Political Science’s COMP-CAN Colloquium hosted a lecture by Dr. Dan Slater on January 11 titled, “From Development to Democracy: The Transformations of Modern Asia.” The lecture is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.
Over the past century, Asia has been transformed by rapid economic growth, industrialization, and urbanization—a spectacular record of development that has turned one of the world’s poorest regions into one of its richest. Yet Asia’s record of democratization has been much more uneven, despite the global correlation between development and democracy. Why have some Asian countries become more democratic as they have grown richer, while others—most notably China—haven’t? Dan Slater offers a sweeping and original answer to this crucial question.
This event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the the Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research.