A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past by Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, Ruiping Fan, Edmund Ryden

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

As China maintains to rework itself, many suppose that the kingdom will ultimately stream past communism and undertake a Western-style democracy. yet may well China enhance a distinct kind of govt in keeping with its personal special traditions? Jiang Qing--China's most unusual, provocative, and arguable Confucian political thinker--says convinced. during this publication, he units out a imaginative and prescient for a Confucian constitutional order that provides a compelling replacement to either the established order in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. A Confucian Constitutional Order is the main designated and systematic paintings on Confucian constitutionalism thus 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 entire approach to in achieving humane authority in response to 3 resources of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends an offer for a tricameral legislature that will most sensible signify the Confucian political excellent. He additionally places ahead proposals for an establishment that might cut back the facility of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who could include the old and transgenerational id of the country. within the latter portion of the ebook, 4 prime liberal and socialist chinese language critics--Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong--critically evaluation Jiang's theories and Jiang provides distinct responses to their perspectives.

A Confucian Constitutional Order offers a brand new general for comparing political growth in China and enriches the discussion of percentages on hand to this speedily evolving state. This e-book will fascinate scholars and students of chinese language politics, and is key interpreting for somebody occupied with China's political future.

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In this sense, we can say that the Way of the Humane Authority is a politics of ecology. The Way of the Humane Authority includes cultural legitimacy, and it can thereby also help non-�Western countries to develop politically without obliterating all their cultural tradition. 14 Since democracy manifests the flaw of the sole sovereignty of popular legitimacy and excludes cultural legitimacy, the political development of these countries has turned its back on their own historical and cultural traditions.

Hence, the Way of the Humane Authority, unlike democracy, is not a matter of rule by a formal majority. It is, instead, a practical rule in conformity with morality. The people who rule in conformity with morality are concerned only with the morality of the ruler’s will and not with the formal issue of majorities or minorities. Although the Way of the Humane Authority gives a place to the will of the people, this will must conform to morality. If the majority of wills do not conform to morality, then what they want is illegitimate according to the Way of the Humane Authority.

The Academy would also need to be somewhat “de-Â�Confucianized” in order to be made acceptable to liberal Confucians. Jiang himself draws In t r oduc t ion extensively on knowledge of different constitutional systems to defend (and compare) his proposals,43 so it would not seem unreasonable to request that members of the Academy have some knowledge of comparative constitutionalism. 44 Another task of the Academy is to check the power of the three houses of parliament, but Jiang’s critics are not likely to agree that we can rely on the superior virtue of its members as a way of checking their own power.

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