A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future (Hardback)
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Short Description for A Confucian Constitutional Order As China continues to transform itself, many assume that the nation will eventually move beyond communism and adopt a Western-style democracy. This book provides a standard for evaluating political progress in China and enriches the dialogue of possibilities available to this rapidly evolving nation.
- Published: 23 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780691154602 ISBN 10: 0691154600
- Sales rank: 436,561
Full description for A Confucian Constitutional Order
As China continues to transform itself, many assume that the nation will eventually move beyond communism and adopt a Western-style democracy. But could China develop a unique form of government based on its own distinct traditions? Jiang Qing - China's most original, provocative, and controversial Confucian political thinker - says yes. In this book, he sets out a vision for a Confucian constitutional order that offers a compelling alternative to both the status quo in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. A "Confucian Constitutional Order" is the most detailed and systematic work on Confucian constitutionalism to date. Jiang argues against the democratic view that the consent of the people is the main source of political legitimacy. Instead, he presents a comprehensive way to achieve humane authority based on three sources of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends a proposal for a tricameral legislature that would best represent the Confucian political ideal. He also puts forward proposals for an institution that would curb the power of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who would embody the historical and transgenerational identity of the state. In the latter section of the book, four leading liberal and socialist Chinese critics - Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong - critically evaluate Jiang's theories and Jiang gives detailed responses to their views. A "Confucian Constitutional Order" provides a new standard for evaluating political progress in China and enriches the dialogue of possibilities available to this rapidly evolving nation. This book will fascinate students and scholars of Chinese politics, and is essential reading for anyone concerned about China's political future.