Post-1980 Reform in Russia and in China
An analysis of the reforms that have happened in both countries, as they struggle toward greater democracy and economic freedom.
“A common theme in contemporary politics, both Russia and China have experienced a trend toward greater democratization since 1980. While the peoples of both Russia and China have seen the effects of this democratization, the means and the degree of the change varies between the two nations. While Russia has made an official transition from an authoritarian government to a democratic government, with often sometimes unsatisfactory results from the perspective of the people, the movement toward democratization has been more of a tacit one in China, while economic freedoms have been gained, the ominous political repression still remains. Clearly, reform in China and Russia has been vastly different, but significant in both regimes. ”