Chinese Takings: Book Review of Chuanhui Wang, the Constitutional Protection of Private Property in China: Historical Evolution and Comparative Research (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
6 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 6, 2017
As China reemerges as a global economic power, the desire to invest and acquire property rights in China grows. Such acquisitions give pause to foreign investors accustomed to democratic protections against the state taking private property. Given that the Communist Party of China (CPC) holds a monopoly on political power, expropriation is an issue of international interest.
Historically, protections for private property in China were limited, if not nonexistent, but recently China has begun to strengthen them. It is with this emergence that Chuanhui Wang produces his comparative study of takings law in his book The Constitutional Protection of Private Property in China: Historical Evolution and Comparative Research (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Wang examines whether and how China has historically protected private property. He then compares takings law in three countries: the United States, Germany, and India. Wang uses these case studies to evaluate the current state of Chinese law and offer suggestions for how China can better protect against government takings.
Keywords: takings, eminent domain, comparative law, China, property law, real property
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