Deliberative Democracy with Chinese Characteristics: A Comment on Baogang He’s Research

  • Daniel A. Bell


Most theorists of deliberative democracy have the Western liberal-democratic context in mind. Baogang He’s pioneering research on deliberative democracy in China shows that there is much to learn from the Chinese. In this chapter, I extend some of He’s insights with the Chinese case in mind. First, I suggest that the form local deliberation should take depends on the political intent of deliberation. Next, I inquire into the possibility of deliberation in a national setting in China. I conclude with some thoughts about the desirability of nation-based deliberators without an electoral mechanism for selecting the country’s top decisionmakers.


Chinese Communist Party Deliberative Democracy Local Election Chinese Characteristic National Affair 
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Works Cited

  1. Bell, Daniel A. 2006. Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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© Ethan J. Leib and Baogang He 2006

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