Political Ideology, the Party, and Politicking: Justice System Reform in China

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Title Political Ideology, the Party, and Politicking: Justice System Reform in China
Author Trevaskes, Susan Elwyn
Journal Name Modern China
Editor Phillip Huang
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage
Abstract In November 2008, the Politburo issued a new justice system reform plan that it hailed as emblematic of China’s new approach to harmonious society building. This reform plan is an exemplar of how politics works in the Hu Jintao era. It represents an attempt—using ideology, party leadership, and “politicking”—to change the way both social and organizational problems are handled. Looking at one facet of justice administration—criminal justice— reveals how these three political aspects intertwine to produce a path to reform that relies on a strong authoritarian hand. A new emphasis on balance, heralded as a key to the reform, provides a way of navigating the problem of how to achieve social stability in China within the broad state objective of building a harmonious society. The approach in the 2008 plan uses the discourse of harmonious society to attempt to maneuver out of some longstanding stalemates in both institutional management and the punitive culture of justice administration. This new reform path has less to do with creating the conditions for judicial independence and more to do with generating the conditions for greater uniformity in judicial practice across the nation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0097700410394776
Volume 37
Issue Number 3
Page from 315
Page to 344
ISSN 0097-7004
Date Accessioned 2011-06-30
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Law, Justice and Law Enforcement
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42262
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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