Under Rule of Law

Susan Trevaskes, Elisa Nesossi

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    Abstract

    IN POST-EIGHTEENTH Party Congress China, politics continue to dominate the justice agenda, particularly in corruption cases and in cases that may have an impact on social stability. Despite its staunch opposition to liberalism, the new party leadership recognises that, during the last decade, encroachments of the Stability Maintenance agenda on the legal system have resulted in a widespread loss of public trust in the law. Hence, in 2013 rhetorical expressions such as ‘using rule-of-law thinking’ have reappeared in the politico-legal discourse. This in no way implies a new commitment to liberal values. Indeed, the prescribed route to development and prosperity in Xi Jinping’s China remains unmistakably socialist, intolerant of the ‘deviant path’ of Westernisation and heavily reliant on anti-corruption rhetoric and Mass Line discourse, and these ideological concerns justify and inform justice practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChina Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China
    Editors Geremie R Barme & Jeremy Goldkorn
    Place of PublicationAustralian National University
    PublisherAustralian Centre on China in the World - Australian National University
    Pages1
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9780987365538
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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