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From The Rule Of Man To The Rule Of Law

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The past thirty years China has undertaken unprecedented reforms, experienced momentous modernization, and undergone remarkable changes. In reforming the political structure, the most outstanding achievement has been transitioning from a rule of man to a rule of law system, the significance of which is no less than that of the introduction of the market economy in economics. The conflicts between realty and ideals, between Western models and China's own system, have provided people with room to think, explore, and innovate. Through analysis of the motivations behind these thirty years of legal change, the factors that have maintained its momentum, as well as the reality and challenges in implementation, this chapter provides a comprehensive summary of the development of rule of law and its significance to China's social change.

Keywords: China; political structure; reforms; rule of law; rule of man; social change

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