The 2012–2013 Generational Power Transfer and Its Perspectives: The Rule of Law or Democracy?

  • Roland BenedikterEmail author
  • Verena Nowotny
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


One of the great questions of whether democracy in China is imminent or, on the contrary, not realistic in this century, is taking grip on the international community of civil society members, experts, and analysts—particularly in times, when open societies around the globe are in crisis. What do we have to expect from China’s new leaders in a “moderate realistic” view? Can they give new impulses to the global community by reforming their own country? And what exactly can “reform” be? Is it democracy, liberalization, or the rule of law?


Legal System World Trade Organization Communist Party Legal Reform Chinese Citizen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Former Foreign Policy Spokesperson Government of AustriaViennaAustria

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