Compared to Wang Shaoguang’s approach to re-interpret the old concept “democracy” to overcome the Schumpeterian model of political legitimation, Daniel Bell’s Political Meritocracy takes a more challenging path, attempting to build a new discourse of legitimacy centering on the concept “meritocracy” and incorporating elements of ancient China’s traditions, the socialist revolutions in the twentieth century, and the system of competitive elections common in the Western world today. This inspiring work is full of incisive arguments, but could be improved by further considering the tension between the Confucian tradition and the revolutionary tradition in the twentieth century.
BellDaniel[Bei Danning 貝淡寧]. Xianneng zhengzhi: weishenme shangxian zhi bi xuanju minzhu zhi geng shihe Zhongguo 賢能政治: 為什麼尚賢制比選舉民主制更適合中國 [The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy]. Translated by WuWanwei. Beijing: CITIC Publishing Group2016.
OuShujun歐樹軍 and WangShaoguang王紹光. Xiao bang da zhi: xinjiapo de guojia jiben zhidu jianshe 小邦大治: 新加坡的國家基本制度建設 [Small City-State Good Governance: State-building in Singapore]. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press2017.