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  • Author(s)Pitman Potter
  • Edition1
  • Published20th September 2013
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
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China?s struggle for the rule of law is at a critical
juncture. As a key element of governance in the PRC today,
China?s legal system affects not only domestic affairs but
also China?s engagement with the world. But can a credible
legal system emerge which protects the rights of citizens and
international partners without undermining the power of the Party
State? And is the Chinese Communist Party willing to embark on
judicial reforms that may jeopardize its very survival?

Understanding the PRC legal system is increasingly important as
China rises to prominence in the world. In this compelling
analysis, noted legal scholar Pitman Potter examines the ideals and
practices of China?s legal regime, in light of international
standards and local conditions. Against a rich historical backdrop,
Potter explains how China?s legal system supports three key
policy objectives; namely, political stability, economic
prosperity, and social development. In exploring these competing
policy goals and the tensions between them, he also raises
fundamental questions about government expectations of the role of
law in regulating local and international socio-economic and
political relationships.

This wide-ranging and readable introduction will be an invaluable
guide for students and non-specialists interested in China?s
ongoing process of legal modernization.
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