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The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy

Daniel A. Bell


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 evolved a political system that can best be described as “political meritocracy.” This book seeks to understand the ideals and the reality of this unique political system. 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? And how can political meritocrac ... More

Keywords: democracy, China, one person, one vote, political meritocracy, democratic meritocracy, experimentation, political system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691173047
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691173047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel A. Bell, author
Tsinghua University