chapter  7
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Infusing a rights-based morality into political institutions

Chinese liberals such as Yan Jiaqi and Hu Ping have explored the social and political nature of rights-based morality, the political dimension to morality, rather than morality in general; that is, political institutional arrangements should be based on a morality which is characterized by urgent recognition of the following: equal liberties, institutional protection of rights and fair procedures for democratic institutional design. This is what might be called the project of infusing rights-based morality into political institutions in China.1 The present study has analysed that project by showing how the liberal idea of rights provides a rights-based foundation for a moral critique of established political power in China (Chapters 1, 2 and 3) as well as for constructive guidance for political institutional arrangements (Chapters 4, 5 and 6).