China's Long March toward Rule of Law / Edition 1

China's Long March toward Rule of Law / Edition 1

by Randall Peerenboom
     
 

"China has enjoyed considerable economic growth in recent years in spite of an immature, albeit rapidly developing, legal system; a system whose nature, evolution, and path of development have been little explored and poorly understood by scholars. Drawing on his legal and business experience in China as well as his academic background in the field, Randall Peerenboom… See more details below

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"China has enjoyed considerable economic growth in recent years in spite of an immature, albeit rapidly developing, legal system; a system whose nature, evolution, and path of development have been little explored and poorly understood by scholars. Drawing on his legal and business experience in China as well as his academic background in the field, Randall Peerenboom provides a detailed analysis of China's legal reforms, adopting an institutional approach that considers the possibilities for, and obstacles to, reform resulting from the current state of development of Chinese institutions. Questioning the applicability of Western theoretical conceptions of rule of law, Peerenboom develops a new theoretical framework. He argues that China is in transition from rule by law to a version of rule of law, though most likely not a liberal democratic version as found in certain economically advanced countries in the West. Maintaining that law plays a key role in China's economic growth and is likely to play an even greater role in the future, Peerenboom assesses reform proposals and makes his own recommendations." In addition to students and scholars of Chinese law, political science, sociology, and economics, this book will interest business professionals, policy advisors, and governmental and nongovernmental agencies, as well as comparative legal scholars and philosophers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521016742
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
692
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2The evolution of rule of law in China: the role of law in historical context27
3Post-Mao reforms: competing conceptions of rule of law55
4Rule of law and its critics126
5Retreat of the Party and the state188
6The legislative system: battling chaos239
7The judiciary: in search of independence, authority, and competence280
8The legal profession: the quest for independence and professionalism343
9The administrative law regime: reining in an unruly bureaucracy394
10Rule of law and economic development450
11Rule of law, democracy, and human rights513
12Conclusion: the future of legal reform558
References599
Index653

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