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Is Democracy the Least Bad Political System?

Daniel A. Bell

in The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173047
eISBN:
9781400865505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173047.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter examines whether democratic elections lead to good consequences, and more specifically whether democracy is the least bad political system. It considers four key flaws of electoral ... More


The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy

Daniel A. Bell

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173047
eISBN:
9781400865505
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173047.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

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 ... More


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