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Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way Between West and East


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For decades, liberal democracy has been extolled as the best system of governance to have emerged out of the long experience of history. Today, such a confident assertion is far from self-evident. Democracy, in crisis across the West, must prove itself.

In the West today, the authors argue, we no longer live in "industrial democracies," but "consumer democracies" in which the governing ethos has ended up drowning households and governments in debt and resulted in paralyzing partisanship. In contrast, the long-term focus of the decisive and unified leadership of China is boldly moving its nation into the future. But China also faces challenges arising from its meteoric rise. Its burgeoning middle class will increasingly demand more participation, accountability of government, curbing corruption and the rule of law.

As the 21st Century unfolds, both of these core systems of the global order must contend with the same reality: a genuinely multi-polar world where no single power dominates and in which societies themselves are becoming increasingly diverse. The authors argue that a new system of "intelligent governance" is required to meet these new challenges. To cope, the authors argue that both East and West can benefit by adapting each other’s best practices. Examining this in relation to widely varying political and cultural contexts, the authors quip that while China must lighten up, the US must tighten up.

This highly timely volume is both a conceptual and practical guide of impressive scope to the challenges of good governance as the world continues to undergo profound transformation in the coming decades.

About the Author

Nicolas Berggruen is President and Chairman of the Nicolas Berggruen Institute.
Nathan Gardels is Editor of New Perspectives Quarterly.

Table of Contents



Part I Globalization and Governance.

1. Globalization 2.0 and the Challenges to Good Governance.

2. America's Consumer Democracy versus China's Modern Mandarinate.

3. Liberal Democratic Constitutionalism and Meritocracy: Hybrid Possibilities.

4. The New Challenges for Governance: Social Networks, Megacities and The Global Scattering of Productive Capabilities.

Part II Intelligent Governance: Theory and Practice.

5. Intelligent Governance: Tenets and Template.

6. Rebooting California’s Dysfunctional Democracy.

7. The G-20: Global Governance from Summits to Subnational Networks.

8. Europe: Political Union and the Democratic Deficit.

Part III Conclusion.9. Survival of the Wisest.

Product Details

Berggruen, Nicolas
Polity Press
Gardels, Nathan
Berggruen, Nicholas
General Political Science
Political systems.
Global governance, globalization, politics, economics, history, United States of America, China, Western World, Asia
Politics - General
Politics | International Studies
Practical Politics
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229 x 152 mm

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