The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy

2016.01.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel A. Bell, The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2015, 318pp.,
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2016.01.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel A. Bell, The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2015, 318pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691166452. Reviewed by Tongdong Bai, Fudan University In Daniel A. Bell's writings, there seem to be two Bells, Bell the political theorist and Bell the political observer. This duality may have had something to do with his communitarianism, which, although a philosophical view, emphasizes the particularities of community, history, and culture. I take myself to be a political philosopher in a traditional sense, focused on the universal or the universalizable. Thus, I can appreciate much more of Bell the political philosopher, although Bell the political observer, with in-depth exposure to both the West and East Asia (both theories and practices) and sometimes with a contrarian bent, can often offer new perspectives on politics and culture that are interesting. . .

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