Beyond Liberal Democracy

Beyond Liberal Democracy

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Is liberal democracy appropriate for East Asia? In this provocative book, Daniel Bell argues for morally legitimate alternatives to Western-style liberal democracy in the region. Beyond Liberal Democracy, which continues the author's influential earlier work, is divided into three parts that correspond to the three main hallmarks of liberal democracy--human rights, democracy, and capitalism. These features have been modified substantially during their transmission to East Asian societies that have been shaped by nonliberal practices and values. Bell points to the dangers of implementing Western-style models and proposes alternative justifications and practices that may be more appropriate for East Asian societies. If human rights, democracy, and capitalism are to take root and produce beneficial outcomes in East Asia, Bell argues, they must be adjusted to contemporary East Asian political and economic realities and to the values of nonliberal East Asian political traditions such as Confucianism and Legalism. Local knowledge is therefore essential for realistic and morally informed contributions to debates on political reform in the region, as well as for mutual learning and enrichment of political theories. Beyond Liberal Democracy is indispensable reading for students and scholars of political theory, Asian studies, and human rights, as well as anyone concerned about China's political and economic future and how Western governments and organizations should engage with China.Examinations employed to select civil servants in East Asian countries can be used as the basis for Xianshiyuan examinations, but they should be improved. As Huang Zongxi argued, examinations should test for both memorization and independent thought. ... ability to argue forcefully on behalf of two sides of the same public-policy controversy, as in the examinations for AO candidates in Hong Kong.

Title:Beyond Liberal Democracy
Author:Daniel A. Bell
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2009-01-10


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