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China's Long March toward Rule of Law

China's Long March toward Rule of Law

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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521016742

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  • China has enjoyed considerable economic growth recently, in spite of a problematic legal system. Randall Peerenboom asserts that China is in transition from rule by law to a version of rule of law, although not a "liberal democratic" version. In addition to scholars and students, this book is of interest to business professionals, policy advisors, and governmental and non-governmental agencies.

    • Contests the prevailing view that there has been no fundamental legal change in China
    • Provides a detailed analysis of China's legal reforms by a scholar who has worked in international law in China
    • Addresses relationship between law, economic development and political reforms, and offers policy advice for foreign governments, aid agencies, and NGOs
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521016742
    • length: 692 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.192kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Author

    Randall Peerenboom, University of California, Los Angeles

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