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

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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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"Peerenboom gives the rule of law in China a truly comprehensive, magisterial coverage in this will occupy a central place in the literature on legal development in China for years to come." American Journal of Sociology

"Randall Peerenboom's China's Long March towards Rule of Law is an exhaustive compendium on the legal and political system of the People's Republic of China. [It is] a great ride. It could serve as one of the texts in courses on PRC law in both law schools and other venues."
China Review International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016742
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 692
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The evolution of rule of law in China: the role of law in historical context 27
3 Post-Mao reforms: competing conceptions of rule of law 55
4 Rule of law and its critics 126
5 Retreat of the Party and the state 188
6 The legislative system: battling chaos 239
7 The judiciary: in search of independence, authority, and competence 280
8 The legal profession: the quest for independence and professionalism 343
9 The administrative law regime: reining in an unruly bureaucracy 394
10 Rule of law and economic development 450
11 Rule of law, democracy, and human rights 513
12 Conclusion: the future of legal reform 558
References 599
Index 653
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