Xiang explains the nature and depth of the legitimacy crisis facing the government of China, and why it is so frequently misunderstood in the West.
Arguing that it is more helpful to understand the quest for legitimacy in China as an eternally dynamic process, rather than to seek resolutions in constitutionalism, Xiang examines the understanding of legitimacy in Chinese political philosophy. He posits that the current crisis is a consequence of the incompatibility of Confucian Republicanism and Soviet-inspired Bolshevism. The discourse on Chinese political reform tends to polarize, between total westernization on the one hand, or the rejection of western influence in all forms on the other. Xiang points to a third solution - meeting western democratic theories halfway, avoiding another round of violent revolution.
This book provides valuable insights for scholars and students of China’s politics and political history.
Introduction: Legitimacy：East and West
Chapter One: Legitimacy and State
Chapter Two: Legitimacy and Oriental Despotism
Chapter Three: Fictional Legitimacy
Chapter Four: Presentation and Representation: A Republican Legitimacy
Chapter Five: Deeds Legitimacy: Economy
Chapter Six: Externalizing the Mandate of Heaven
Concluding Remarks: Restarting Cultural Dialogue
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