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The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century

 
 
 
 
The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century
Author: Stefan Halper
ISBN 13: 9780465013616
ISBN 10: 465013619
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2010-04-06
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 312
List Price: $28.95
 
 

An expert in international relations explores the latest Chinese export: an appealing but illiberal new world order where the West is left behind

Publishers Weekly

Halper cogently rejects the “conventional wisdom” that suggests America’s relationship with China is “on track” in this lucid, probing text. Moving beyond approaches to China that focus on its burgeoning economic dominance, the book—in the vein of Martin Jacques’s recent When China Rules the World—underscores the political and cultural challenge that a rising China presents. Halper (coauthor of America Alone), a fellow at the University of Cambridge, contends that there is little possibility of a genuine partnership between China and the U.S.; continued growth will not lead China’s political system to become any more free or open, and its brand of authoritarian capitalism will compete with the West’s democratic ideal as a possible model for the developing world. Though his position may seem pessimistic, the author does believe that China’s concern with its prestige in the world gives the United States leverage in its attempt to shape the geopolitics, and he concludes this sobering, excellently argued book with a series of concrete policy recommendations to that end. (Apr.)