Democracy and the Rule of Law in China is intended to make available to English-language readers debates among prominent Chinese intellectuals and academics over issues of political, constitutional, and legal reform; modes of governance in urban and rural China; and culture and cultural policy. China’s unprecedented economic development following the implementation of the Reform and Opening policy has drawn widespread international attention; yet accompanying political developments have been largely overlooked. A compilation of the works of twelve contemporary Chinese scholars, this book offers unique insights into the wealth of viewpoints and diversity of issues influencing and defining the development of democracy and the rule of law in China. Based on theoretical and practical analyses of China’s political development to date, the authors propose specific models for the expansion of democratic mechanisms already present in the current political structure. Exploring topics ranging from autonomous village governance and grassroots elections to constitutional reform and judicial independence, the authors are unified on one point: China’s political development must pursue a gradual, distinctly-Chinese course in order to promote social stability, continued economic advancement, and the establishment of a socialist democratic society.
Yu Keping, Ph.D. (1988) in Political Science, Peking University, is Professor & Director of the China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics. He has published extensively on political philosophy and China's political reform. His major works include
The Institutional Environment of Civil Society in China (2006).
Table of contents
PART ONE DEMOCRACY—THEORETICAL ISSUES
Toward an Incremental Democracy and Governance: Chinese Theories and Assessment Criteria Yu Keping An Analysis of the Basic Theoretical Problems Concerning Democracy in China Gu Su Democratization: The Chinese Model and Course of Political Development He Zengke
PART TWO DEMOCRACY AND PROBLEMS OF GOVERNANCE
A Survey of Civic Character and Electoral Reform in China Cai Dingjian Intraparty Democracy and Political Development: Exploiting the Resources within the Establishment to Advance China’s Democratic Development Hu Wei Democratization of the National People’s Congress as the Focal Point for the Continued Advancement of China’s Democratic Development Pu Xingzu The Route of Rural Governance Reform: Strengthening Village Management and Streamlining Township and County Governance Xu Yong A Survey of China’s Legislative Work to Establish Village Autonomy Bai Gang
PART THREE ON THE RULE OF LAW
Constitutionalism and China Li Buyun Several Fundamental Theoretical Issues Regarding China’s Constitutional Reform Xia Yong Judicial Independence and Constitutional Reform Ma Huaide and Deng Yi China and the Rule of Law in the Global Era Zhang Wenxian
All those interested in governmental reform, governance, the development of the rule of law, and the political development in China.