In China today, President Xi Jinping’s grand narrative is framed by the widely publicized ‘Four Comprehensives’ (si ge quan mian 四个全面) which claims to: 1. build a moderately prosperous society; 2. deepen reform; 3. govern the nation according to law, and 4. tighten Party discipline. Our paper argues that this is essentially a political narrative telling a moral tale seeking to legitimize and glorify the virtues of the present. It also attempts to shrug off mistakes of the previous dynasty. Theoretically, we draw on international comparative law and legal narrative analysis to provide a critical appraisal of the underlying values reflected in the ‘Four Comprehensives’, paying special attention to ‘strand three’ - how the narrative shapes the directions of China’s socialist rule of law. We argue there is a reverse development against legality, with judicial independence now added to the list of taboos.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||Chinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference: Chinese values and Counter values: Past and Present - Macquarie University , Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 10 Jul 2017 → 12 Jul 2017
|Conference||Chinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference|
|Period||10/07/17 → 12/07/17|
Garrick, J., & Bennett, Y. C. (2017). China’s 'Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy': The values underlying socialist rule of law reforms. 63. Abstract from Chinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia.