VOL. 2, NO. 1, PGS. 9–14


Democracy and Economic Growth
A conversation with Rita Yi Man Li

This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.

Rita Yi Man Li is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sustainable Real Estate Research Center at the Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

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What brought you to study the relationship between democracy and economic growth?

According to conventional thinking, high levels of democracy lead to very strong economic growth. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, for instance, confirm that thinking. They have a very good democratic system and a very strong economy. But there are countries, like China and Singapore, that contravene this [...]

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Good morning, I believe his appreciations are right, however democracy is the least bad form of government as expressed in great Wiston Ch. The issue is that educated peoples will conduct better governorship elections. Everything changes, democracy is not the exception; little by little we will have to perfoect, the issue that we bring for the latter.


Interesting work, but there are aspects where western European culture is involved that are considered very superficial. Industrialization is a social phenomenon that is the product of the acceptance of natural science as a ruler of everyday life. The engineering activity is a fundamental part of life and the artifacts proliferate. The figure of the monarch falls apart (a dictator is a crown-less monarch) and the rulers become "concierges" of the state's resources, as manufacturing activity needs the common goods to facilitate production. Consequently, the government must have a broad formal knowledge regarding the administration, with university education, since it offers its services so that those who generate wealth in society can continue to do so. That is why he is elected by the people and if he does not develop favorably it is revoked. Democracy makes society thrive because it is part of productive activity. When society is not industrialized, society depends on the raw materials to carry out exchanges that generate wealth, that's why in those societies it arises and, caporal, foreman, owner of farm or mine or dictator, not much instruction is required because it is negotiated raw material and any pulpero can do that. Historically, the Chinese emperor imposed Western European culture when it ceded as a colony to Hong Kong the English to install its factories and industrial activities and industrialization permeated Chinese culture, as well as sending students to European and American universities to take out masters and doctorates. If we hypothesize that the industrialized cultures are democratic, we will have a China in the future with a congress and a president elected by the people. We have to wait to see this reality, but I do not think we should wait a long time.

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