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A Confucian Constitutional OrderHow China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future$
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Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, and Ruiping Fan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154602

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154602.001.0001

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Is the Way of the Humane Authority a Good Thing?

Is the Way of the Humane Authority a Good Thing?

An Assessment of Confucian Constitutionalism

(p.139) Chapter 7 Is the Way of the Humane Authority a Good Thing?
A Confucian Constitutional Order

Wang Shaoguang

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This chapter criticizes the emphasis on privatization, the destruction of the Maoist-style emphasis on social welfare, and the growing gap between rich and poor. It argues that more needs to be done to combat the inequalities generated by capitalist modernization in China. Political legitimacy is not something to be defined by moral philosophers in total abstraction from the political reality. Rather, it is a matter of whether or not a political system faces a crisis of legitimacy depends on whether the people who live there doubt the rightness of its power, and whether they consider it the appropriate system for their country. The chapter ultimately endorses a definition of legitimacy as the legitimacy of the popular will.

Keywords:   political legitimacy, capitalist modernization, privatization, social welfare, political reality, popular will

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