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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


What’s Wrong with Political Meritocracy

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/9780691173047.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter examines three key problems associated with any attempt to implement political meritocracy: the problem of corruption, the problem of ossification, and the problem of legitimacy. Given ... More


Three Models of Democratic Meritocracy

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/9780691173047.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter discusses three models of “democratic meritocracy,” along with their pros and cons: a model that combines democracy and meritocracy at the level of the voter; a horizontal model that ... More


Introduction

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/9780691173047.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This book argues in favor of political meritocracy using China's one-party political system as example. It considers four key flaws of democracy, along with theoretical and real meritocratic ... More


On the Selection of Good Leaders in a Political Meritocracy

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/9780691173047.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter examines which abilities and virtues should set the standard for the selection and promotion of public officials/servants so that China's political system can be improved. The discussion ... More


Concluding Thoughts: Realizing the China Model

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/9780691173047.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter considers three basic principles of the China model and how they have guided political reform in the post-Mao era: democracy at the bottom, experimentation in the middle, and political ... More


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


Diploma Democracy

Mark Bovens and Anchrit Wille

in Diploma Democracy: The Rise of Political Meritocracy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198790631
eISBN:
9780191833151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198790631.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Lay politics lies at the heart of democracy. Every adult citizen has the constitutional right to run for office. Contemporary political practices are diametrically opposed to this constitutional ... More


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