Westerners seem united in the belief that China has emerged as a major economic power and that this success will most likely continue indefinitely. But they are less certain about the future of China's political system. China's steps toward free market capitalism have led many outsiders to expect increased democratization and a more Western political system. The Chinese, however, have developed their own version of capitalism. Westerners view Chinese politics through the lens of their own ideologies, preventing them from understanding Chinese goals and policies.
In Contemporary Chinese Political Thought: Debates and Perspectives, Fred Dallmayr and Zhao Tingyang bring together leading Chinese intellectuals to debate the main political ideas shaping the rapidly changing nation. Investigating such topics as the popular "China Model", the resurgence of Chinese Confucianism and its applications to the modern world, and liberal socialism, the contributors move beyond usual analytical frameworks toward what Dallmayr and Zhao call "a dismantling of ideological straitjackets." Comprising a broad range of opinions and perspectives, Contemporary Chinese Political Thought is the most up-to-date examination in English of modern Chinese political attitudes and discourse.
Features contributions from Ji Wenshun, Zhou Lian, Zhao Tingyang, Zhang Feng, Liu Shuxian, Chen Ming, He Baogang, Ni Peimin, Ci Jiwei, Cui Zhiyuan, Frank Fang, Wang Shaoguang, and Cheng Guangyun.
About the Author
Fred Dallmayr, Emeritus Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Return to Nature? An Ecological Counterhistory.
Zhao Tingyang, researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and professor at Capital Normal University, is the author of Studies of a Bad World: Political Philosophy as First Philosophy.
Table of Contents
Introduction Fred Dallmayr 1
Part 1 Contemporary Issues and Debates
1 Ideological Conflicts in Modern China Ji Wenshun 17
2 The Debates in Contemporary Chinese Political Thought Zhou Lian 26
3 All-Under-Heaven and Methodological Relationism: An Old Story and New World Peace Zhao Tingyang 46
4 Debating the "Chinese Theory of International Relations": Toward a New Stage in Chinas International Studies Zhang Feng 67
Part 2 Confucianism and Chinese Politics
5 Contemporary New Confucianism: Background, Varieties, and Significance Liu Shuxian 91
6 Modernity and Confucian Political Philosophy in a GlobaUzed World Chen Ming 110
7 Four Models of the Relationship between Confucianism and Democracy He Baogang 131
8 Confucianism and Democracy: Water and Fire? Water and Oil? or Water and Fish? Ni Peimin 152
Part 3 Post-Maoism and the New Left
9 The Dialectic of the Chinese Revolution Revisited: Desublimation and Resublimation in Post-Mao China Ci Jiwei 173
10 Chinas Future: Suggestions from Petty Bourgeois Socialist Theories and Some Chinese Practices Cui Zhiyuan 185
11 Taking the China Model Seriously: One-Party Constitutionalism and Economic Development Frank Fang 209
12 Why Is State Effectiveness Essential for Democracy? Asian Examples Wang Shaoguang 242
13 The Legitimacy of Proletarian Political Practice: On Marxist Political Philosophy Cheng Guangyun 268
List of Contributors 285