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Political Seminar: Is Democracy Better Than Meritocracy?

April 14, 2016 - 13:00-15:45

Is democracy better than meritocracy?

Democracy has been criticized for proposing populist and shortsighted approaches to complex problems that actually demand difficult and long-term solutions. Recently, Canadian scholar Daniel Bell published The China Model. In this book, he describes the Chinese form of government; a so-called meritocracy in which experts rather than democratically elected politticians make the difficult decisions. According to Bell, this makes the political system more effective. On the other hand, Danish democracy and climate researcher Theresa Scavenius argues democracy is the most effective and the only legitimate form of government when complex problems need to be solved. What is needed, according to Scavenius, is more and better democracy.

On April 14th 2016 NIAS (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies) and Fudan-European Centre for China Studies has arranged for Daniel Bell and Theresa Scavenius to meet to discuss the democracy as a form of government. Is our democracy too populistic to solve complex issues? If yes – do we need more or less democracy? Which role should and are experts able to play in (Danish) politics?

See programme in attached document

NB: Please note that the venue has been changed! The debate is at Faculty of Social Science, Building 7, ground floor, Room 7.0.34, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K

Political Seminar: Is Democracy Better Than Meritocracy?


April 14, 2016