Reflections on the “Consultative Rule of Law Regime”: A Response to My Critics
My earlier chapter in this book, which explains why China has so far not embraced electoral democracy, was initially drafted on the eve of Hong Kong’s return in 1997. Like most authors revisiting their old works, I find in it many places for regret. However, witnessing what has happened in China in the past decade, my confidence in the six-pillar “consultative rule of law regime” has been growing. Instead of revising what I wrote before, I would rather begin by saying what I intend to do with that earlier chapter.