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The China Model written by Daniel A Bell

Jun 1, 2015 14:03 IST

The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy: Daniel A. Bell

The book titled The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy by Daniel A. Bell was in news in May 2015. The book seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of Chinese political system.

In his book, Bell discusses the advantages and pitfalls of political meritocracy of China; he distinguishes between different ways of combining meritocracy and democracy, and argues that China has evolved a model of democratic meritocracy that is morally desirable and politically stable.

The book opens with a critique of one person, one vote as a way of choosing top leaders, which as per the author is a Chinese-style political meritocracy that can help to remedy the key flaws of electoral democracy.

Bell summarizes and evaluates the China model as having the meritocracy at the top, experimentation in the middle, and democracy at the bottom.

About the Author
Daniel A. Bell is Chair Professor of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and is a director of the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture.

His other books include Spirit of Cities, China’s New Confucianism, Beyond Liberal Democracy, and East Meets West (all Princeton). He is also the editor of the Princeton-China Series.

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