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

Nicolas Berggruen
John Wiley & Sons Limited