Readership: This book is suitable for a wide audience, as it draws on literatures in law, politics, economics, and culture studies. It is suitable for students studying China, political economy, law, and development.
Randall Peerenboom, Associate Fellow Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
"Relies heavily on empirical studies to aid taking right decisions. These features make this book so special and worth reading." - Aussen-Wirtschaft
"important and timely" - Japanese Journal of Political Seadership because it is perhaps one of the clearest statements in favour of the Chinese model to yet emerge. Its main contribution is to help the China field place the great debate about the Chinese model in the context of the global politics. In an era in which China has replaced the Soviet Union and Chile in the global search for alternative modernities to liberal democracy, the book will be useful not only in the
undergraduate classroom but also in the foreign policy world.
"Perceptive." - David Smith, Sunday Times (Culture)
"Randy Peerenboom has jumped with vigor and data into the ever deepening debate over how to view China. Going beyond the previous focus on the economic aspects of the East Asian Model, he shows that the EAM has served China well and suggests that other countries may also learn from China's experiences. Sure to set off debate, China Modernizes is a must read." - Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
"Peerenboom's measured response to its dynamic
present, caution us against more panicky assessments" - The contribution to studies of law and development, globalization and modernization is essential reading for all those interested in understanding the nature and implications of China's "model of development" . No matter whether this message pleases readers, the case definitely needs to be heard.
1: Introduction: Two Opposing Views of China
2: Déjà vu all over again: China and the East Asian Model
3: Taking rights seriously? Official policy and actual practice
4: Social and economic rights, law and order, women's rights and cultural rights
5: Of rights and wrongs: Why China is subject to a double standard on rights
6: Institutional reform: rule of law and good governance
7: Debating democracy
8: What if China democratizes? What if it doesn't?
9: Conclusion: modernity with modesty- the strength and limits of the EAM