Past ASN Conference Papers

“McDonald’s Democracy -- A Cultural Perspective”

By Wang, Qing-jiang & Zhang Yi-jun, Faculty of Arts, Kunming University of Science and Technology, 2006

This paper explores the “McDonald’s phenomenon,” drawing links between democracy and the spread of McDonald’s and evaluating the effects the restaurant chain has had on the U.S. and its international reputation. Wang and Zhang conclude that it is corporate consumer forces like McDonald’s, not the American government, which has resulted in the spread of globalization and democracy on a worldwide level.