Thursday, January 3, 2008

Best Practices

The Communist Party of China has published a list of "10 Taboos" that politicians should refrain from during provincial elections and bureaucratic reshufflings this January. A quick glance demonstrates how incompatible Chinese practice of democracy is with the American model:

  • using various ways to win support during the reshuffle, including making phone calls, conducting visits, holding banquets and giving gifts;
  • lobbying officials of higher rank to achieve promotion;
  • handing out pamphlets or giving souvenirs without authorization;
  • holding social activities in the name of reunions of classmates, townsmen or fellow soldiers to form cliques;
  • offering bribes in cash, gifts and stocks to buy government jobs;
  • taking bribes or attending banquets staged to drum up support during the reshuffle;
  • covering up or shielding illicit activities during the reshuffle;
  • spreading hearsay or using letters, leaflets, text messages or the Internet to vilify others;
  • using intimidation or deception to hamper and infringe upon the democratic rights of delegates or committee members;
  • arranging jobs for people or making a rush for somebody's promotion.

If you rule out lobbying, meet and greets, smear campaigns and petty corruption, how in the heck is someone supposed to get elected?

Posted by Judah in:  China   Politics   

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