Western Constitutional Ideas and Constitutional Discourse in China, 1978–2005

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


Since its inception in 1949, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has enacted four constitutions, and a quasi Constitution called the Common Program of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (1949). These constitutions have served the government well in legitimizing its domination and in promoting its political programs. But due to the lack of effective enforcing mechanisms, they had almost no direct relevance to the daily life of the Chinese people.


Chinese Communist Party Chinese Political Scientist Chinese Characteristic Constitutional Provision Supreme People 
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© Stéphanie Balme and Michael W. Dowdle 2009

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