2015 Lipset Lecture: Andrew Nathan on “The Puzzle of the Chinese Middle Class”


DATE: October 16, 2015

CONTACT:  Jane Riley Jacobsen (202) 378-9700 or press@ned.org

Dr. Andrew J. Nathan of Columbia University unravels the “Puzzle of the Chinese Middle Class” For 12th Lipset Lecture on Tuesday, October 20 at the Canadian Embassy

WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Andrew J. Nathan will deliver the 12th annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on the “Puzzle of the Chinese Middle Class” at 6pm on Tuesday, October 20 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. Nathan’s lecture will look at the complexities of the Chinese middle class, its role in Chinese society and politics, and its attitudes about democracy.

Sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Embassy of Canada, the annual lecture is an important forum for discourse on democracy and its progress worldwide.

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights.

A world-renowned scholar, Professor Nathan is the author or editor of twelve books on China and East Asia, including China’s Transition (1997) and The Tiananmen Papers, co-edited with Perry Link (2001). His articles have appeared in World Politics, Daedalus, The China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Asian Survey, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The Asian Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and elsewhere. His latest book is China’s Search for Security (co-authored with Andrew Scobell, 2012).

The Lipset Lecture is named for one of the great democratic scholars and public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Seymour Martin Lipset’s scholarship on such themes as the conditions for democracy, political parties, voting behavior, extremist movements, ideologies, and public opinion constitutes one of the most prolific, insightful, and widely read bodies of work on democracy ever produced by a single author.

This event is open to the media.  Interested journalists should register with NED Public Affairs at 202-378-9700 or press@ned.org.

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