chapter  1
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Toward a Consultative Rule of Law Regime in China

ByPan Wei

Why has China not embraced democracy? Should we consider alternatives when the change in China is unlikely to lead to a democracy?

The pressure for political reform is again being strongly felt inside China. Unlike 1989, the current pressure is not derived from an eagerness to speed up marketization, but from strong resentment against the widespread corruption. The abuse of public office for private gain exploded in the mid-1990s, quickly conquered all levels and branches of the government, and clearly became the top concern among the general public.