A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future (The Princeton-China Series)

A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future (The Princeton-China Series)


As China maintains to remodel itself, many imagine that the kingdom will ultimately flow past communism and undertake a Western-style democracy. yet may possibly China strengthen a special type of executive in accordance with its personal specific traditions? Jiang Qing--China's most unusual, provocative, and debatable Confucian political thinker--says definite. during this e-book, he units out a imaginative and prescient for a Confucian constitutional order that gives a compelling substitute to either the established order in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. A Confucian Constitutional Order is the main distinct and systematic paintings on Confucian constitutionalism thus 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 provides a complete option to in attaining humane authority according to 3 assets of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends a suggestion for a tricameral legislature that will most sensible symbolize the Confucian political perfect. He additionally places ahead proposals for an establishment that might diminish the facility of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who could embrace the old and transgenerational id of the nation. within the latter portion of the publication, 4 top liberal and socialist chinese language critics--Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong--critically assessment Jiang's theories and Jiang offers unique responses to their perspectives.

A Confucian Constitutional Order offers a brand new regular for comparing political development in China and enriches the discussion of probabilities to be had to this quickly evolving country. This booklet will fascinate scholars and students of chinese language politics, and is key analyzing for a person fascinated about China's political future.

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