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A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future

Jiang Qing, Daniel A. Bell, and Ruiping Fan


As China continues to transform itself, many assume that the nation will eventually move beyond communism and adopt a Western-style democracy. But could China develop a unique form of government based on its own distinct traditions? This book says yes. It sets out a vision for a Confucian constitutional order that offers a compelling alternative to both the status quo in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. It is the most detailed and systematic work on Confucian constitutionalism to date. The book argues against the democratic view that the consent of the people is the main source ... More

Keywords: Western-style democracy, communism, China, Confucian constitutionalism, political legitimacy, Confucian political ideal, parliamentarians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154602
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jiang Qing, author
Yangming Confucian Academy

Daniel A. Bell, editor

Ruiping Fan, editor

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