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The China model : political meritocracy and the limits of democracy

Author: Daniel Bell
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Westerners tend to divide the political world into "good" democracies and "bad" authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category. Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as "political meritocracy." The China Model seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this unique political system. How do the ideals of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Bell
ISBN: 9780691166452 0691166455
OCLC Number: 894935668
Awards: Commended for A "Financial Times" Summer Books Selection 2015
Commended for "Guardian" Best Holiday Reads 2015
Short-listed for "Financial Times" Best Books in Politics of the Year 2015
Description: xii, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Is democracy the least bad political system? --
On the selection of good leaders in a political meritocracy --
What's wrong with political meritocracy --
Three models of democratic meritocracy --
Concluding thoughts : Realizing the China model.
Responsibility: Daniel A. Bell.

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"Westerners tend to divide the political world into "good" democracies and "bad" authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category. Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as "political meritocracy." The China Model seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this unique political system. How do the ideals of political meritocracy set the standard for evaluating political progress (and regress) in China? How can China avoid the disadvantages of political meritocracy? And how can political meritocracy best be combined with democracy? Daniel Bell answers these questions and more. Opening with a critique of "one person, one vote" as a way of choosing top leaders, Bell argues that Chinese-style political meritocracy can help to remedy the key flaws of electoral democracy. He discusses the advantages and pitfalls of political meritocracy, distinguishes between different ways of combining meritocracy and democracy, and argues that China has evolved a model of democratic meritocracy that is morally desirable and politically stable. Bell summarizes and evaluates the "China model"--Meritocracy at the top, experimentation in the middle, and democracy at the bottom--and its implications for the rest of the world. A timely and original book that will stir up interest and debate, The China Model looks at a political system that not only has had a long history in China, but could prove to be the most important political development of the twenty-first century"--

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