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The Politics of Lawmaking in Post-Mao ChinaInstitutions, Processes, and Democratic Prospects$
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Murray Scot Tanner

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293392.001.0001

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The Emergence of China’s Post-Mao Lawmaking System

The Emergence of China’s Post-Mao Lawmaking System

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The Politics of Lawmaking in Post-Mao China


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This chapter traces the emergence of the post-Mao Zedong lawmaking system in China. It suggests that prior to Deng Xiaoping's call for the legislature to draft a package of reform-oriented legislation in 1978, China had not had a legislative drafting since 1959. Major changes in the formal constitutional system occurred in 1982 with the removal of important obstacles to organizational development and the development of the Standing Committee of the NPC.

Keywords:   lawmaking, China, legislature, Deng Xiaoping, constitutional system, legislative system, NPC

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