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By Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, Ruiping Fan, Edmund Ryden

As China maintains to rework itself, many imagine that the kingdom will finally circulate past communism and undertake a Western-style democracy. yet may perhaps China advance a distinct kind of executive in accordance with its personal distinctive traditions? Jiang Qing--China's most unusual, provocative, and debatable Confucian political thinker--says sure. during this e-book, he units out a imaginative and prescient for a Confucian constitutional order that provides 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 so far.

Jiang argues opposed to the democratic view that the consent of the folk is the most resource of political legitimacy. as a substitute, he offers a accomplished strategy to in achieving humane authority in accordance with 3 resources of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends an offer for a tricameral legislature that may top signify the Confucian political excellent. He additionally places ahead proposals for an establishment that might slash the ability of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who may include the old and transgenerational identification of the country. within the latter part of the publication, 4 major liberal and socialist chinese language critics--Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong--critically overview Jiang's theories and Jiang provides distinctive responses to their perspectives.

A Confucian Constitutional Order presents a brand new regular for comparing political growth in China and enriches the discussion of chances to be had to this speedily evolving state. This booklet will fascinate scholars and students of chinese language politics, and is vital interpreting for somebody eager about China's political future.

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7 It is the sovereign, and so the three forms are not equal or on the same plane. Hence, the three forms of legitimacy have a three-�dimensional relationship as well as having a horizontal relationship of distinctive identity. As a result, the harmony of the legitimacies of the Way of the Humane Authority is a three-�dimensional rather than a flat harmony. The reason why the Way of the Humane Authority stresses the three-� dimensional harmony has to do with Chinese ways of thinking. The influence of the Book of Changes and of the Spring and Autumn Annals means that China does not think in terms of either one or the other.

Government is formed by an election every few years. During that time most people think only of the immediate interests of those few 33 34 Ji a ng Qi ng years. They do not think of long-Â�term interests or of the common interests of all mankind, in which they themselves will not share. S. government, it should always cleverly uphold the will of the American people—Â�in reality, their desires and interests. The cause of this can be traced back to the singling out of the will of the people as the sole source of legitimacy and the lack of restraint that ought to be provided by sacred legitimacy.

He has compiled a twelve-Â�volume series of Confucian classics for children that is meant to shape education now, not just in the fully “Confucianized” future. 32 And he has called for “Confucianizing” the Chinese Communist Party and more teaching of Confucian classics in Communist Party schools, and he has said that he would advise the current government if called upon to do so. On all these issues, he has been surprisingly pragmatic and willing to work within the contemporary social and political reality for improvements, even though the result would still not look anything like the Way of the Humane Authority.

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