Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"The Myth of Chinese Meritocracy"

One perspective - so hard to know what is going on in China.

Contrary to the prevailing perception in the West (especially among business leaders), the current Chinese government is riddled with clever apparatchiks like Bo who have acquired their positions through cheating, corruption, patronage, and manipulation.

One of the most obvious signs of systemic cheating is that many Chinese officials use fake or dubiously acquired academic credentials to burnish their resumes. Because educational attainment is considered a measure of merit, officials scramble to obtain advanced degrees in order to gain an advantage in the competition for power.

The overwhelming majority of these officials end up receiving doctorates (a master’s degree won’t do anymore in this political arms race) granted through part-time programs or in the Communist Party’s training schools.
I've done a fair number of posts about China. Probably the key one was my review of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers.

1 comment:

Taylor Conant said...

This article may interest you:

'Princelings' In China Use Family Ties To Gain Riches (NYT)

Search the article title on Google News and click through the link there if you find it's behind a paywall on the NYT site.