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Classical Confucian Political ThoughtA New Interpretation$
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Loubna El Amine

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163048

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163048.001.0001

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Rules and Regulations

(p.62) Chapter 2 Rules and Regulations
Classical Confucian Political Thought

Loubna El Amine

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on policies relating to security and the use of penal force, welfare and general economic measures, and the methods used for appointment to public office. The fulfillment of these policies achieves a basic level of political order, and they do not operate through the exemplary power of the virtue of the ruler, but rather through the regulation of the “basic structure” of society—the penal code, the procedures for promotion, the taxation system, and the use of the commons, among others. The chapter aims to answer the question of what consists a successful zheng (government), or, in other words, what governing should consist of such that the ruler manages to make his country zhi (the achievement of order).

Keywords:   security, penal force, economic measures, public office, political order, zheng, zhi

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