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Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case

Tongdong Bai


This book argues that domestic governance influenced by Confucianism can embrace the liberal aspects of democracy along with the democratic ideas of equal opportunities and governmental accountability to the people. But Confucianism would give more political decision-making power to those with the moral, practical, and intellectual capabilities of caring for the people. While most democratic thinkers still focus on strengthening equality to cure the ills of democracy, the proposed hybrid regime—made up of Confucian-inspired meritocratic characteristics combined with democratic elements and a q ... More

Keywords: liberal democracy, Confucianism, equality, good governance, egalitarianism, liberty, political problems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195995
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tongdong Bai, author
New York University