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

As China keeps to remodel itself, many imagine that the state will finally circulate past communism and undertake a Western-style democracy. yet may well China boost a distinct type of executive in response to its personal unique traditions? Jiang Qing--China's most unique, provocative, and debatable Confucian political thinker--says convinced. during this ebook, he units out a imaginative and prescient for a Confucian constitutional order that gives a compelling replacement to either the established order in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. A Confucian Constitutional Order is the main distinctive and systematic paintings on Confucian constitutionalism up to now.

Jiang argues opposed to the democratic view that the consent of the folk is the most resource of political legitimacy. as a substitute, he provides a finished solution to in achieving humane authority in response to 3 assets of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends a suggestion for a tricameral legislature that will top characterize the Confucian political perfect. He additionally places ahead proposals for an establishment that may decrease the facility of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who may embrace the historic and transgenerational id of the country. within the latter part of the ebook, 4 major liberal and socialist chinese language critics--Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong--critically evaluation Jiang's theories and Jiang offers exact responses to their perspectives.

A Confucian Constitutional Order presents a brand new average for comparing political development in China and enriches the discussion of probabilities on hand to this speedily evolving country. This ebook will fascinate scholars and students of chinese language politics, and is vital analyzing for a person all in favour of China's political future.

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This is where the Way of the Humane Authority of Chinese culture comes into play. It is the new starting point for politics and the new hope for human history. To appreciate the value of the Way of the Humane Authority, we must first of all understand the flaws of democracy. The major flaw of democracy is the uniqueness of the legitimacy of the popular will. The exaggerated importance given to the will of the people leads to extreme secularization, contractualism, utilitarianism, selfishness, commercialism, capitalization, vulgarization, hedonism, mediocritization, this-�worldliness, lack of ecology, lack of history, and lack of morality.

For one thing, Jiang insists that the constitution should be explicitly based on sacred Confucian values, something his critics could not accept. But perhaps there is room for compromise. What matters is the substance of the values enshrined in the constitution, not the precise terminology. If the substance of Confucian values is protected without any explicit reference to the Confucian (sacred) tradition, 21 22 Da niel A . 41 And when we do turn to the substance, it turns out that Jiang has much in common with his liberal critics.

But history has also shown that no historical form of government fully implements all the legitimacy we might expect from the Way of the Humane Authority. It should, then, be possible to bring together some of the ways in which human beings have imagined and created political systems into a new system and by this new system fully implement the threefold legitimacy of the Way of the Humane Authority. The way in which Confucius brought together the wisdom of the three dynasties is precisely the wisdom that we must study for the Way of the Humane Authority today.

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