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Power versus Law in Modern ChinaCities, Courts, and the Communist Party$
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Qiang Fang and Xiaobing Li

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173931

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173931.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Power versus Law in Chinese History

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Power versus Law in Modern China
Author(s):

Qiang Fang

Xiaobing Li

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813173931.003.0001

The Introduction begins with a study on the role of the legal system as a knife hilt in the communist China. It then traces the historical root of the role of law as a tool in imperial China during which even enlightened rulers such as Tang Taizong would sometimes violate law because the compliance of law largely depended on rulers’ self legal consciousness and not the enforcement.

Keywords:   Power vs. law, knife hilt, Chinese history, legal consciousness

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