The China Model: Alternatives to "One Person, One Vote" Election

HONG KONG, 9th November, 2015 - "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others" says Churchill, the former British Prime Minister. Liberal democracy, as a regime is hardly perfect, and one major concern people have in mind is the ability of it, when applied to a government in selecting high-quality leaders. Scholars try to improve it by looking into the experience of other countries, including the "China Model". Namely, Daniel A. Bell, Chair Professor of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University and author of "The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy”, explores how the Chinese-style political meritocracy can be morally desirable and politically stable, and how it can help remedy the key flaws of electoral democracy.

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