China’s Political Future: Democracy, Meritocracy, Or Both?
Drawing on this new book The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy Professor Daniel A. Bell will discuss one of the most important political developments of the twenty-first century.
- Tuesday 11 April 2017 06:00 pm until Tuesday 11 April 2017 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
- Jean Zhang
CSRC@latrobe.edu.au; 03 9479 3889
- Presented by:
- Professor Daniel Bell
- Type of Event:
- Public Lecture
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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 decades, China has developed a genuinely new approach to governance, rooted in its long history and at odds with the "Western" idea that electoral democracy is the only legitimate form of government. This political model can best be described as "political meritocracy" although there remains a large gap between the theory and the practice and a large democratic deficit. How do the ideals of political meritocracy set the standard for evaluating political progress (and regress) in China? How can China avoid the disadvantages of political meritocracy? How can political meritocracy best be combined with democracy? And what can other societies learn from the Chinese approach to governance? Drawing on this new book The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (Princeton University Press, paperback 2016), Daniel A. Bell (Shandong University, Qingdao; Tsinghua University, Beijing) will discuss one of the most important political developments of the twenty-first century.
About the Speaker
Daniel A. Bell is Dean of the Faculty of Politics and Public Administration at Shandong University (Qingdao) and professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University (Beijing). He is the author of The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (paperback, 2016) and of four other books on East Asian politics and philosophy published by Princeton University Press. He is also the editor of the Princeton-China series. He publishes in leading media outlets in China and the West and his works have been translated in 23 languages.
Professor John Fitzgerald is Director, CSI Swinburne Program for Asia-Pacific Social Investment and Philanthropy; Deputy Director, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne; and President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Professor Baogang He is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University.
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