This book examines China's economic development from the end of 1970s, integrating perspectives from law, economics and political science. Particular attention is given to the role of formal law and political changes in China's development, presenting the argument that formal law has made a useful contribution to China's economic development. Chapters explore the relationship between democracy and mechanisms of property rights protection, financial market, rule of law, and human capital accumulation. The author goes on to examine the persistence of authoritarianism, democracy and economic development and the concept of deliberative democracy. This book concludes with a look at future options for China, from political, economic and rule of law perspectives. The book considers China's current political regime and analyzes the likely political and constitutional law reforms that are not only conducive to China's economic development but also beneficial to the enhancement of freedom. Some knowledge of the Chinese legal system, economy, and political institutions is assumed, making this book valuable to those requiring a deeper understanding of the subject. The book will appeal to legal scholars and lawyers requiring an understanding of the impact of the Chinese legal system on China's economic and political development and to scholars and students in political science and economics with an interest in China's institutional change. Policy makers and administrators with an interest in policy and law making in China will also find this book valuable.
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Preface List of tables Acknowledgement Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Informal and Formal Contracts 2.1: Introduction 2.2: The Informal Contractual Arrangements in Wenzhou 2.2.1: Direct Private Borrowing 2.2.2: Borrowing through the Intermediary of Yinbei 2.2.3: Juhui 2.2.4: Direct Fund Raising by Enterprises 2.3: Formal Contractual Arrangements 2.3.1: Bills of Exchange 2.3.2: Documentary Credit 2.3.3: Secured Lending 22.214.171.124: Two cases 126.96.36.199: Statistical evidence 188.8.131.52: Questionnaire survey 2.4: Contract Law Enforcement and Economic Development 2.5: Conclusion Chapter 3: Contract Enforcement Revisited 3.1: Introduction 3.2: A Demand-side Analysis 3.2.1: Problems with Informal Contract Enforcement 3.2.2: The Nature of China's Economy 3.2.3: Liberalization of the Chinese Economy and the Formal Law 184.108.40.206: Liberalization of the Economy 220.127.116.11: Liberalization of Economic Activities 18.104.22.168: Network Effects of the Formal Legal System 3.3: A Supply-side Explanation 3.3.1: Statistical Evidence 3.3.2: A Political Economy Explanation of the Supply-side Expansion 3.4: The Survey Results 3.5: Conclusion Chapter 4: The Role of Mortgages 4.1: Introduction 4.2: The Device of Mortgages and Formal Law 4.3: Mortgages Law and Bank Lending 4.3.1: The Legal Framework 22.214.171.124: The law of mortgages on immovable property 126.96.36.199: The law of mortgages on movable property 4.3.2: The Evidence and Explanations 188.8.131.52: Evidence on mortgage of immovable property 184.108.40.206: Evidence on mortgage of movable property 4.3.3: Questionnaire Survey 4.4: Conclusion Chapter 5: Protective and Non-Protective Functions of Law 5.1: Introduction 5.2: Inadequate Evidence in Dismissing the Role of Law in Economic Development 5.3: Signaling, Self-Commitment and Coordination 5.3.1: Signaling 5.3.2: Self-commitment 5.3.3: Coordination 220.127.116.11: Introduction 18.104.22.168: Coordination of the Listing of SOEs 22.214.171.124: Enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law 126.96.36.199: Enforcement of Judgments 5.4: The Role of Government 5.4.1: Introduction 5.4.2: Government's Role on SOEs 5.4.3: Government's Role in TVEs 5.4.4: Government's Role in the Provision of Public Goods 5.5: Conclusion Chapter 6: Explaining the Persistence of Authoritarianism 6.1: Introduction 6.2: Modernization 6.3: Cultural or Ideological Explanation 6.4: The Geo-political Variable 6.5: Resilience or Legitimacy 6.6: Review of Survey Results 6.7: Conclusion Chapter 7: Democracy and Economic Development 7.1: Introduction 7.2: The Relationship between Democracy and Economic Development 7.3: The Indirect Effects of Democracy on Economic Development 7.3.1: Rights to Property 7.3.2: Investment and Finance 7.3.3: Rule of Law 7.3.4: Education and Human Capital 7.4: Indirect Effects and One-Party Rule 7.5: Conclusion Chapter 8: Towards Deliberative Democracy 8.1: Introduction 8.2: Motivations Of Takeover Of Corporations And Governments 8.2.1: Motivations of Takeover of Corporations 188.8.131.52: Seeking Synergy 184.108.40.206: Disciplining Managers 220.127.116.11: Building Empire 18.104.22.168: Exploiting Stakeholders 8.2.2: Motivations of Takeover of Governments 22.214.171.124: Empire Building 126.96.36.199: Overthrowing Repressive Regimes 188.8.131.52: Improving Governmental Performance 184.108.40.206: Wealth Redistribution 8.2.3: A Comparison of the Motivations of Takeover of Corporations and Governments 8.3: Information and Expertise of Acquirers 8.4: Resources Used and the Possibility of Externalizing the Cost of Takeovers 8.5: Measurement of Success or Failure of Takeover of Corporations and Governments 8.6: Implications for Regime Choices 8.6.1: Legitimacy 8.6.2: Democracy 8.6.3: Performance 8.7: Conclusion Chapter 9: Conclusion and Future Options 9.1: Political Options 9.2: Economic Options 9.3: Rule of Law Reform Options Bibliography Index.
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