Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East (Polity Press)

Berggruen and Gardels establish the current state of world politics as being bipolar. The consumer democracy present in the United States and the Confucian one-party (the “modern manderinate”) role of China represent two paths which new states can take, but each form of governance could stand to be approved; “while China…would need more participatory government and a more accountable meritocratic mandarinate to achieve balance, the United States would need a more depoliticized democracy” (13). An alternative form of governance to those existing must devolve power from the ruling classes and involve those groups excluded from governance. Continue reading “Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East (Polity Press)”