The relationship between regime “type” and civic education: A comparative study of three Chinese societies

Hui LI

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Abstract

The assumption of most western literature on civic education is that its purposes are largely linked to the democratic regimes and their maintenance. But as time goes on, global experience has witnessed the emergence and prosperous development of civic education in many non-democratic societies. It seems to suggest that civic education does not have to be identical with Western liberal democracy. Since non-democratic regimes view citizen preparation as important, what kind of citizen do they produce? In what ways is it different from democratic civic education? The purpose of the study is to explore how civic education is influenced by regime type though comparing the scholars’ representation of good citizen in three Chinese societies (Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland). The societies in which there are explicitly different regime types (democracy, hybrid regime, and authoritarianism) in order to highlight the significance of any possible variations. Document analysis of date related to civic education from three databases will provide us a clear understanding of ideal good citizen under democracy, hybrid regime, and authoritarianism.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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regime
society
citizen
education
authoritarianism
democracy
document analysis
Hong Kong
Taiwan
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Li, H. (2013, February). The relationship between regime “type” and civic education: A comparative study of three Chinese societies. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK) Annual Conference 2013, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.