Ruling before the Law
The Politics of Legal Regimes in China and Indonesia
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- Author: William Hurst, Northwestern University, Illinois
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How do legal systems actually operate outside of Western European or North American liberal democracies? To understand law and legal institutions globally, we must go beyond asking if countries comply with idealized, yet under-theorized, rule of law principles to determine how they work in practice. Examining legal regimes across different areas of criminal and civil law in both urban and rural China and Indonesia during distinct periods from 1949 to the present, William Hurst offers a new way of understanding how cases are adjudicated (and with what implications) across authoritarian, developing, post-colonial, and newly democratizing settings. This is the first systematic comparative study of the world's largest Communist and majority-Muslim nations, and the most comprehensive scholarly work in many years on the micro-level workings of either the Chinese or Indonesian legal system at the grassroots, based on a decade of research and extensive fieldwork in multiple Indonesian and Chinese provinces.Read more
- Furthers our understanding of law and politics in Asia
- Offers a new theoretical and analytical framework with broad implications
- The book is based on comparative fieldwork-based research in both China and Indonesia
- Grounds political analysis in historical, cross-national, and subnational contexts
Reviews & endorsements
‘No one but Hurst could have written this book. His close study of variation across and within two giant countries generates theoretical insights that go well beyond China and Indonesia, though scholars of each country will also profit. A monumental achievement and a major advance in socio-legal studies.' Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law SchoolSee more reviews
‘Ruling Before the Law brings a fresh and stimulating perspective to the study of legal systems. The author rejects the dominant Rule of Law framework, in which China is understood as either having or not having the Rule of Law, or as somewhere along a Rule of Law continuum. Instead, he uses a political science perspective to posit a different way to understand the relevant characteristics of a legal regime, allowing us to understand better how and in what specific respects national legal systems either resemble or differ from each other.' Donald Clarke, George Washington University Law School
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- Date Published: March 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108578813
- contains: 2 b/w illus. 6 tables
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Table of Contents
1. Understanding legal regimes
2. Historical overview of Chinese and Indonesian legal regimes
3. Law and revolution: mobilizational justice and charismatic politics
4. Rule by law: authoritarian legitimacy and legal efficiency
5. Neotraditional sclerosis: law in the service of stagnant hierarchies.
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