China’s 'Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy': The values underlying socialist rule of law reforms

John Garrick, Yan Chang Bennett

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventChinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference: Chinese values and Counter values: Past and Present - Macquarie University , Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 10 Jul 201712 Jul 2017


    ConferenceChinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference
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