By Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, Ruiping Fan, Edmund Ryden
As China keeps to rework itself, many think that the country will ultimately circulation past communism and undertake a Western-style democracy. yet may possibly China advance a distinct kind of govt in accordance with its personal exact traditions? Jiang Qing--China's most unusual, provocative, and arguable Confucian political thinker--says convinced. during this e-book, he units out a imaginative and prescient for a Confucian constitutional order that provides a compelling replacement to either the established order in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. A Confucian Constitutional Order is the main exact and systematic paintings on Confucian constitutionalism so far.
Jiang argues opposed to the democratic view that the consent of the folks is the most resource of political legitimacy. as a substitute, he offers a entire method to in attaining humane authority in line with 3 assets of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends a suggestion for a tricameral legislature that might top characterize the Confucian political perfect. He additionally places ahead proposals for an establishment that will scale down the facility of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who may include the old and transgenerational id of the country. within the latter component to the ebook, 4 major liberal and socialist chinese language critics--Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong--critically evaluation Jiang's theories and Jiang supplies precise responses to their perspectives.
A Confucian Constitutional Order presents a brand new typical for comparing political development in China and enriches the discussion of chances to be had to this speedily evolving kingdom. This publication will fascinate scholars and students of chinese language politics, and is vital studying for someone inquisitive about China's political future.
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Extra info for A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future
It will develop into a superior form in a political civilization other than that of democracy. This is where the Way of the Humane Authority of Chinese culture comes into play. It is the new starting point for politics and the new hope for human history. To appreciate the value of the Way of the Humane Authority, we must first of all understand the flaws of democracy. The major flaw of democracy is the uniqueness of the legitimacy of the popular will. The exaggerated importance given to the will of the people leads to extreme secularization, contractualism, utilitarianism, selfishness, commercialism, capitalization, vulgarization, hedonism, mediocritization, this-Â�worldliness, lack of ecology, lack of history, and lack of morality.
Any political system or conduct that goes against the Way of heaven will be deemed illegitimate. In other words, the Royal Way not only includes ecological values but also allows them to restrain the legitimacy of the popular will and so resolve ecological problems at the root. If the popular will is not against ecological values, it can be implemented in politics. Immediately the popular will is opposed to ecological values; the legitimacy of the way of heaven will restrain it so that it cannot exceed its bounds or bring about grave consequences.
Hence, human history has come to an end; there is no hope left for politics. We might ask if this is true. Fukuyama writes from the point of view of Western culture, a culture that has taken the road of democracy, a culture that is proud and self-Â� centered. Naturally, he is unable to see that other cultures have their own political principles and contexts. It is certain that what Fukuyama says does not apply to China. Indeed, democracy itself already suffers from serious problems and is by no means the only formula for humanity.
A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future by Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, Ruiping Fan, Edmund Ryden