By Randall Peerenboom
Sharply contrasting perspectives of China exist at the present time; one in all a emerging superpower, and the opposite of an anachronistic, authoritarian regime. So that is the true China? Randall Peerenboom deals a arguable, first-hand account of contemporary China concentrating on its fiscal, political and criminal attributes in the context of the constructing global.
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Nevertheless, there has been some progress in understanding and explaining the relationship Introduction 25 between law and development, and further studies will continue to shed more light on the process. It would be a mistake to prematurely give up on the revival of law and development, just as it was a mistake for American academics to abandon ship in the earlier round of law and development in the 1960s and 1970s. This chapter also underscores the inherently political nature of reforms, and the importance of adopting a pragmatic approach.
Despite China’s relatively strong performance on a number of indicators given its level of wealth, there are still many people living in relative and absolute poverty; justiﬁed concerns about the rights of laborers, migrant workers, women, and minorities; serious shortcomings in criminal justice; major weaknesses in certain aspects of the legal system; widespread corruption; frequent abuse of state power, and a host of other good governance issues. 64 However, as the more detailed discussion demonstrates, most of these issues are factually, legally, politically, economically, and normatively contentious, and defy easy solution, especially for such a large developing country as China.
54 Even supporters of globalization acknowledge the problems and the risks. 55 While calling for more rather than less globalization, Financial Times editor Martin Wolf laments the gross hypocrisy of rich countries in their treatment of developing countries, complains that international ﬁnancial institutions have been captured by special interests, and criticizes the WTO’s single undertaking, which requires developing countries to submit to the full range of policies favored by rich countries to become a member.
China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest? by Randall Peerenboom