Ideological Conflict and the Rule of Law in Contemporary China – Useful Paradoxes (Table of Contents and Excerpts from Chapter 1)
Ideological Conflict and the Rule of Law in Contemporary China – Useful Paradoxes, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016-17
22 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2016 Last revised: 20 Jul 2016
Date Written: June 27, 2016
This document contains the table of contents and excerpts from Chapter 1 of my forthcoming book “Ideological Conflict and the Rule of Law in Contemporary China: Useful Paradoxes” (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).
The forthcoming book studies ideological divisions within Chinese legal academia and their relationship to arguments about the rule of law. The book describes argumentative strategies used by Chinese legal scholars to legitimize and subvert China’s state-sanctioned ideology. It also examines Chinese efforts to invent new, alternative rule of law conceptions. In addition to this descriptive project, the book advances a more general argument about the rule of law phenomenon, insisting that many arguments about the rule of law are better understood in terms of their intended and actual effects rather than as analytic propositions or descriptive statements. To illustrate this argument, the book demonstrates that various paradoxical, contradictory and otherwise implausible arguments about the rule of law play an important role in Chinese debates about the rule of law. Paradoxical statements about the rule of law, in particular, can be useful for an ideological project.
Keywords: Chinese law, rule of law, ideology, jurisprudence
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