Revised version of ‘China’s Socialist Rule of Law’ posted

As part of my research on the practice of socialist democracy in China, I have revised my earlier text on ‘China’s Socialist Rule of Law’. Quite a bit of research on this topic, since there has been a good deal of development on rule of law in China.

You can find the new version on the Chinese Marxism page, but also download it here.

Text added on socialist consultative democracy

A major component of China’s socialist democratic system is consultative democracy. It has a history that goes back to the ‘mass line’ during the revolutionary struggle for liberation, but has now risen to a whole new level. On the Chinese Marxism page (here), I have added a text from the CPC Central Committee, entitled ‘Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of Socialist Consultative Democracy’ (2015). The Chinese text is freely available on the internet, but the English translation is an unoffocial one.

To assist in understanding the way in which China is in the process of fully bringing out the ‘latent potentialities [chongfen fahui] of the superiority [youyuexing] of the socialist political system in China’, the following diagram may assist in understanding how the system as a whole, with its integrated components, actually works.

New document added on socialist democracy in China

On the Chinese Marxism page is a document from the State Information Office. Published in 2005, it is called ‘Building Political Democracy in China’. Up to that point, it was the most comprehensive explanation of the gradual construction of socialist democracy in light of China’s history and conditions. It covers electoral democracy (People’s Congresses), multi-party consultative democracy, minority nationalities, grassroots democracy, socialist human rights, rule of law, and internal goverance in the CPC. You can find the document here.

New files added: Decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Part of China on Some Issues Concerning the Establishment of a Socialist Market Economic Structure

This important text from 1993 is now added to the Chinese Marxism page, in both Chinese and English versions. Entitled ‘Decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Part of China on Some Issues Concerning the Establishment of a Socialist Market Economic Structure’, it enacted in detail Deng Xiaoping’s proposal for a socialist market economy as a component in China’s overall socialist system. Importantly, the socialist market economy did not do away with a planned economy, but became another component alongside with and complementary to the planned economy. You can find the files here.

Deng Xiaoping on mass movements

On the website of the Newcastle branch of the Communist Party of Australia (of which I am a member), there is a new post concerning Deng Xiaoping’s insights – from 1943 – into the relations between the Communist Party and mass movements. Well worth a read. The post can be found here.

Grassroots Consultative Socialist Democracy (case studies)

In my research for the chapter on ‘Governance, Democracy, and Rule of Law’, I came across an excellent article that provides case studies of grassroots consultative democracy in China. The file with translation of the case studies has been added to the Chinese Marxism page (here). Well worth a read if you want to know more about how socialist democracy is actually practised.