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By Randall Peerenboom

Sharply contrasting perspectives of China exist this present day; one in all a emerging superpower, and the opposite of an anachronistic, authoritarian regime. So that is the genuine China? Randall Peerenboom bargains a arguable, first-hand account of contemporary China targeting its fiscal, political and felony attributes in the context of the constructing international.

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The primary objective is to examine the legal reform process in China and what China’s efforts to implement rule of law reveal about our understanding of the relationship between law and development. Accordingly, I apply our current conceptual tools for describing, predicting, and assessing legal reforms to the experiences in China. In general, our descriptive metaphors tend to oversimplify the reform process and fail to address the issue of prediction. Our ability to predict success and failure and derive useful policy recommendations is limited by the abstractness of existing indicators for measuring rule of law.

Blaming globalization, free markets, and the failure of rich countries to provide adequate assistance is too simple. Corrupt and incompetent governments in developing countries have also played a role in the failures. Nevertheless, the international financial institutions’ economic prescriptions have clearly not produced the anticipated results. The financial liberalization promoted by the IMF and the World Bank has led to volatile securities markets and banking crises, including in Asia. Even the World Bank has acknowledged that not all has gone according to plan: ‘All past episodes of surges in capital flows to emerging markets have ended in severe international financial crises.

Unfortunately, developed countries have often failed to match their rhetoric of a war on poverty with actions. Surveying the landscape at the end of 2004, John Boughton, the Assistant Director of the IMF’s Policy Development and Review Department, and Zia Qureshi, Senior Advisor to the World Bank’s Global Monitoring Secretariat, concluded: ‘Overall, developed country actions to date have fallen well short of the Monterrey Vision. Progress seriously lags commitments in most areas. ’42 While fully acknowledging the failure of African governments to uphold their end of the bargain, the Commission on Africa was even more blunt in taking the developed world to task for their failure to deliver on their promises:43 Pledges of ‘education for all’ have gone unfunded.

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