Enforcing Law and Norms for Good Citizens: One View of China’s Social Credit System Project

Development (2020) 63:38–43

DOI: 10.1057/s41301-020-00244-2

11 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020

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Xin Dai

Peking University - Peking University Law School

Date Written: November 25, 2019

Abstract

Despite widespread mis-characterization and misconception about its policy objective and content, China’s social credit system project at this point consists primarily of a set of new approaches to enforcing conduct norms that already exist in the country’s multi-layered legal and extralegal norm systems. This essay explains such enforcement logic inherent in the project’s application to regulating behavior of individual citizens. It also argues that the project’s implementation of its envisioned new enforcement paradigm is foremost challenged by design difficulties.

Keywords: Social Credit System Project, Law, Norms, Enforcement, Incentives, Compliance

JEL Classification: K23

Suggested Citation

Dai, Xin, Enforcing Law and Norms for Good Citizens: One View of China’s Social Credit System Project (November 25, 2019). Development (2020) 63:38–43, DOI: 10.1057/s41301-020-00244-2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3621309 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3621309

Xin Dai (Contact Author)

Peking University - Peking University Law School ( email )

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Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

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