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China Government Bureaucracy

China's Bad Emperor Problem

Francis Fukuyama | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Francis Fukuyama

If you have competent and well-trained bureaucrats or well-educated technical professionals who are dedicated to public interest, this kind of government is better than democratic government in the short term. But there are no institutional rules limiting the power of a bad emperor. The last bad emperor commonly acknowledged as such was Mao Zedong. Such an individual can do far more damage to the society than a constitutionally and democratically constrained democratic leader.