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An American in China

China’s Evolving Law

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 10, 2011


More Law less courts
From R. Peerenboom

China is well-known for its pragmatic approach to reforms that relies heavily on local experimentation to test various approaches before adopting national policies. It has also experimented with contracting out of government services, including such core government functions as policing, in part because as a lower-middle income country the state simply lacks the resources and capacity to do everything.7 And the law-making and rule-making process, at least at the national level, involve repeated rounds of solicitation of, and input from, a wide variety of actors, including academics, representatives of affected industries and companies, relevant ministries and increasingly private citizens, and thus is consistent with current global trends toward transparency, civil society participation and reg-neg approaches involving the various stakeholders.

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