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Editors’ Introduction

  • Baogang He
  • Ethan J. Leib
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Abstract

Western theories of deliberative democracy have developed at a time when many in the West feel that the institutions of liberal democracy have become divorced from the promises of classical democratic theory. As a critique of liberal democracy, deliberative democracy usually presents principles to renew the democratic project and practices to deepen democracy. The application of the deliberative model to Chinese governance—while perhaps odd on the surface—provides an opportunity for the study of both deliberative democracy and contemporary Chinese politics. This book seeks to enrich our understanding of both deliberative democracy and Chinese politics by applying Western ideas to a foreign context for which it was not designed. By looking at the theory of deliberative democracy “against the grain,” the volume produces insights and modifications necessary for the application of the theory of deliberative democracy in both China and the West. Additionally, students of Chinese politics can gain through this book a new perspective on their subject matter and learn about the usefulness of deliberative democracy’s normative agenda in Chinese processes of democratization.

Keywords

Chinese Communist Party Liberal Democracy Deliberative Democracy Democratic Legitimacy Political Equality 
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