China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest?

Paperback | April 17, 2008

byRandall Peerenboom

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Two sharply contrasting views of China exist today. On the one hand a rising superpower predicted to have the largest economy in the world by mid century, on the other hand a brutal, anachronistic and authoritarian regime, a threat to geo-stability and to the economies of the industrial world.So which China is the real China? Randall Peerenboom addresses this question by exploring China's economy, political and legal system, and most controversially, its record on civil, political and personal rights in the context of the developing world. Avoiding polemic and relying on empiricalevidence, he compares China's performance not with first world countries such as the US and UK but with other middle income countries and highlights the often hypocritical stance of an international community which demands standards from others that it does not match at home. He also criticallyevaluates the benefits of globalisation and democratisation and the normative values of the West set against Beijing's determination to retain its cultural and political integrity. This book seeks to bridge the gap in understanding about China and to create a firmer foundation for mutual trust, while recognising that there are inevitable risks in a shift in global power of this magnitude that will require hard headed pragmatism at times where interests collide.

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Two sharply contrasting views of China exist today. On the one hand a rising superpower predicted to have the largest economy in the world by mid century, on the other hand a brutal, anachronistic and authoritarian regime, a threat to geo-stability and to the economies of the industrial world.So which China is the real China? Randall P...

Randy Peerenboom is a Professor of Law at UCLA Law School. He obtained a B.A. in Philosophy, M.A. in Chinese Religion and Ph.D. in Philosophy before obtaining a J.D. from Columbia Law School. In addition to serving as an expert witness on PRC legal issues, he has been a consultant to the Ford Foundation and the Asian Development Bank ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Two Opposing Views of China2. Deja vu all over again: China and the East Asian Model3. Taking rights seriously? Official policy and actual practice4. Social and economic rights, law and order, women's rights and cultural rights5. Of rights and wrongs: Why China is subject to a double standard on rights6. Institutional reform: rule of law and good governance7. Debating democracy8. What if China democratizes? What if it doesn't?9. Conclusion: modernity with modesty- the strength and limits of the EAM

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`This thought-provoking book and major contribution to studies of law and development, globalization and modernization is essential reading for all those interested in understanding the nature and implications of China's "model of development" . No matter whether this message pleases readers,the case definitely needs to be heard. 'Professor Albert H.Y. Chen, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong