Law and Labor in Post-Mao China
Pan Wei’s proposal for building the rule of law in China shows an acute understanding of some fundamental problems with the current Chinese legal system and offers corresponding remedies for them. Should it be successfully implemented, China would be reasonably ranked as a country with rule of law. In Pan’s proposal, nonelected technocratic elites-“neutral civil servants,” “autonomous” judges, “independent” anticorruption agents, and “independent” auditors-would be central players in the rule of law structure. What is conspicuously absent is public participation-the participation of ordinary citizens.