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Law | Chinese Lawmaking: From Non-communicative to Communicative

Chinese Lawmaking: From Non-communicative to Communicative

He, Peng

2014, XIII, 186 p. 24 illus., 7 illus. in color.

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  • The first book about Chinese Lawmaking, from the perspective of jurisprudence (fills the research gap)
  • Uses up-to-date statistical research and analysis to help the reader understand Chinese lawmaking reality
  • Analyzes and criticizes contemporary Western theories on legislation from the Chinese perspective to show the cultural differences in understanding of the topic and in practicing law
  • Includes introduction to Chinese legal history, to help the reader to understand Chinese legal tradition
  • Offers a chapter on prospects of Chinese lawmaking, to show the tendencies in Chinese legal reform​

Dr Peng He in her book addresses various issues, drawing on Western and Chinese sources for her argument for a ‘communicative’ theory of law making. This book is both timely and important in the Chinese context. Her argument depends upon the insight that what is important in societies is not just representative democracy but ‘voice’ - the opportunity for individuals to be heard and bring their input into official systems.  More than that, she argues that this can also take further the idea of living by the rules as something that is not to be seen as narrow Legalism but as something more akin to living ‘righteously’ – a view which is resonant with parts of Chinese legal thought.

This book is also important in the present Chinese context in another way. The developing economy necessitates substantial legal reform.  But applying Western models to China can often be naïve and not fully fulfil their intended purpose. Peng He’s work addresses this by looking at the process of legislation in connection with legal reform. It is grounded in a sound theoretical reflection of both the process of legal transplantation and the process of law making, and looks both at Western and Chinese sources. Such an approach needs to draw from several intellectual traditions and it is this interdisciplinary, foundational research that is the task Dr He has set herself in her project. Her theory will provide an abstract theoretical framework that is sensitive to local conditions, while at the same time incorporating insights on law reform from a broad range of disciplines. Her research is of direct practical relevance for reforming the legislative process in China. 

                                                         -- Professor Zenon Bańkowski

                                                              The University of Edinburgh

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Chinese - Communicative - Jurisprudence - Lawmaking

Related subjects » Law

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Chinese Contemporary Lawmaking: Reality And Problems.- The Legitimation Of Chinese Lawmaking (I).- The Legitimation Of Chinese Lawmaking (II): Chinese Legalism.- Lawmaking In Jurisprudence (I).- Lawmaking In Jurisprudence (II).- Communicative Lawmaking In China.- Retrospect And Prospect.

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