Threat to the West or Model for the Rest?
By (author) Randall Peerenboom
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China Modernizes by Randall Peerenboom
Book DescriptionTwo 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 empirical evidence, 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 critically evaluates 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199226122
(235mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Randall Peerenboom
Law and Development of Middle-Income Countries, Paperback (February 2014)
This interdisciplinary volume addresses the special challenges that middle-income countries confront from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.
Judicial Independence in China, Hardback (November 2009)
This volume challenges conventional wisdom about judicial independence in China and its relationship to economic growth, rule of law, human rights protection, and democracy.
Regulation in Asia, Paperback (June 2009)
Covering a wide variety of Asian countries, this book explores the complex economic and regulatory factors that generate social demand for state regulation. This book shows how local networks, courts, democratic processes and civil society have a huge influence on regulatory systems.
Human Rights in Asia, Hardback (January 2006)» View all books by Randall Peerenboom
Considers how human rights are viewed and implemented in Asia. This study discusses the problems arising from the fact that ideas of human rights have evolved in Western liberal democracies, and examines how far such values are compatible with Asian values, and applicable in Asian contexts. It also contains chapters on France and the USA.
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Author Biography - Randall Peerenboom
Randy Peerenboom is Director of the Oxford Foundation for Law, Justice and Society's China Rule of Law Programme, Associate Fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Professor of Law at La Trobe University in Melbourne. 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 on legal reforms and rule of law in China. He was previously a Professor of Law at UCLA Law School and practiced for several years with a major international law firm in Beijing.
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