Why China finds it difficult to appreciate democracy

Huang, David KC and Li, Nigel NT (2019) Why China finds it difficult to appreciate democracy. Global Constitutionalism, 8 (2). pp. 332-356. ISSN 2045-3817

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This article explores the Chinese cognition of democracy in accordance with ancient Chinese political philosophy and modern constitutional jurisprudence. It argues that the classical Chinese cognition of democracy, i.e., demo-orientation, does not consist of any sense of equality and procedure, by which the Chinese people easily confuse democracy by the people with democracy for the people, thinking that China’s democracy subsists when the Chinese Government decides in favour of their interests. Moreover, the lack of sense of procedure produces inadequate means against tyranny, that the Chinese people can either admonish the ruler when he or she is still tolerable, or rebel when he or she is unbearable. Neither means serves institutionally.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Chinese characteristics | Confucianism | Democracy | Equality | Procedure
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Arts and Humanities (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Political Science
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Shilpi Rana
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2021 04:56
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 10:59
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045381719000017
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/463


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