Title

Debating constitutionalism in China : dreaming of a liberal turn?

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

China Perspectives

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Volume

2013

Issue

4

First Page

67

Last Page

72

Publisher

Francais sur la Chine Contemporaine China

Abstract

This essay examines the arguments in the debate by situating it in the current status of the Constitution and its future role in China’s political life. First, it looks at the state of the Chinese Constitution, its unfulfilled promises, and the obstacles to full implementation. Second, it reviews the current episode of constitutional debate and summarises the arguments both for and against implementing constitutionalism in China. It seeks to show that, despite the Party’s tolerance of the on-going intellectual debate on constitutionalism, the recent crackdown against civil society suggests that Party leaders have made a conservative move against the actual practice of constitutional government, which diminishes hopes for genuine political reform.

Print ISSN

20703449

E-ISSN

19964617

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Yuen, S. (2013). Debating constitutionalism in China : dreaming of a liberal turn? China Perspectives, 2013(4), 67-72. Retrieved from http://www.cefc.com.hk/download.php?file=c2b6f42812bca0b51e41667eae90fd55&id=100044521