China’s Constitutional Research and Teaching: A State of the Art

  • Tong Zhiwei
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (SPIRP)


A country’s level of legal education and research usually correlates with the development of its legal system. The modernization of academic constitutional research in China during the post-Mao era confirms this. Since the late 1970s, China has experienced some of the fastest economic growth and social progress in its history. This has worked to improve and develop its legal system. Since the onset of Deng Xiaoping’s open-door policy, investigations into constitutional issues in China have become pervasive, reflecting the new demands of this economic revolution. Yet, the understanding of constitutional law in China has been and largely still is constrained by modern China’s post-1949 experiences. In this chapter, I explore the development of constitutional law in China from the late 1970s, when Deng first initiated his open-door policy, to the present.


Supreme People Constitutional System Constitutional Issue Constitutional Development Constitutional Culture 
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© Stéphanie Balme and Michael W. Dowdle 2009

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