‘After’ the end of history

“If China succeeds in remaining stable, if it succeeds in continuing to grow and to outpace liberal democracies, then I think that would seriously damage the whole hypothesis”


Francis Fukuyama discusses the impact of China’s rise on his famed ‘end of history’ theory, which posited that Western liberal democracy would prevail worldwide. In an interview with The Spectator he noted that China’s alternative governance system could no longer be ignored as a rival model: “I believed all along that [China’s model] is the only plausible alternative to democracy… it’s a very coherent alternative”. His new book is entitled After the End of History: Conversations with Francis Fukuyama.

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