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Reducing the Role of Government - The Chinese Experiment


Vivienne Bath


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

May 26, 2009

Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, Article 9, 2008
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/43

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China has taken an original and adventurous approach to the issue of over-regulation through the promulgation of the Administrative Licensing Law, which attempts to limit the number and type of approvals which citizens and enterprises are obliged to obtain from government. The Administrative Licensing Law has now been in effect since July 1, 2004, and it is therefore an appropriate time to look at licensing and approvals in China. The article focuses on issued relating to the establishment and reduction of licensing requirements, including the actions taken by government to reduce them, the existence of 'non-administrative' licensing and approval requirements and issues relating to enforcement. It concludes that although substantial progress has been made, improvements could be made in terms of dealing with the complexity of the system and providing new avenues for enforcement, and that a long-term on-going effort will be required to implement the law fully.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: China, administrative law, Administrative Licensing Law, non-administrative licensing and approvals, regulation, red tape, comparative law

JEL Classification: K1, K23, K3

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Date posted: May 29, 2009  

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Bath, Vivienne, Reducing the Role of Government - The Chinese Experiment (May 26, 2009). Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, Article 9, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/43. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1410407

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The University of Sydney
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