Book review by editor of DV (1 July, 2014)
This book provides an in-depth evidence-based analysis on the issue of democracy and good governance, using actual examples comparing the Chinese and Western political systems based on theories, structure, processes and performance. The current Chinese political system is designed for wide-based consultation with socialism as their core value whilst avoiding the flaws inherent in the design, process and structure of the Western political model. Despite the democratic nature of Chinese politics that persistently attracts a very high level of citizen satisfaction in each and every public opinion survey when compared to any Western democracy, the Western media has successfully brainwashed the world into believing that the Communist Government in China is an autocratic regime. In reality, Western democracies are in serious trouble, facing an unprecedented level of debt, unemployment, political corruption in the form of political donations, advertising and lobbying, and social dissatisfaction. It is the Western political system that requires urgent reform, or risks a revolution from the 99% -- its people -- in the foreseeable future. Therefore, it is time to have a good look at the merits of the Chinese model.
The Chinese government describes their political system as a socialist consultative democracy with the following main features (not exclusively the following):
· Multi-party cooperation under the leadership of the Communist party.
· A system of wide-based consultation based on reasoning.
· Layers and layers of internal democracy based on consensus.
· Institutionalised leadership training and succession process.
· People oriented government with high level of responsiveness to public concerns.
· Genuine equality, fairness and justice based on reasoning and a system of cadres education.
There are well established theoretical framework on why it is called a system of ’multi-parties cooperation’, and why it has to be under the leadership of the Communist Party. The only problem is that the mainstream Western journalists and writers will not tell us the Chinese side of the story beyond portraying the Communist government as a autocratic regime. This book explains the Chinese model in great detail with examples. The author believe that the world has being oppressed by the West for far too long their right and freedom to adopt a political model that best suit their unique social, economic, culture and ethnic conditions.
Through the presentation of facts, the author hope that the world including the West could benefit from the success of the Chinese political model.
Table of content and some pages can be view here, by clicking on ‘click to look inside’. For the convenience of readers, I have reproduced the Table of Contents as follows:
About this Series of Books
Evaluation of Chinese and western political systems in theory, structure, process and performance
- Let the figures do the talking
- China will not follow the path of the West
- Reasons why China will never copy the west
- Quality of political leadership
- Political succession
- The illusion of choice
- Moral responsibilities
- Measuring good governance by performance
- Assessing ‘democracy’ through definition
- Political beliefs and government responsiveness
- Chinese democracy vs. Western dictatorship
- Flaws in the Western system that the Chinese system is designed to avoid
- The behaviour of people are shaped by the design of a political system
- Money-centred politics
- Poll-driven politics, social divides and short-term considerations
- Vote manipulation, minority rights and human rights
- Cultured democracy that is structured from within
- Low quality debates by low quality people
The perception of Western democracies and the welfare system
‘One-size-fits-all’ political system?
A case for regime change in the West using Western logic
- Western voting system
- Chinese Socialist Consultative Democracy
- History—The Judge
Pragmatism: Communism and Democracy
Bibliography and References
Wei Ling Chua
Written on 25 October, 2013
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