William C. JONES (dec.)

A district court in the Putuo District (NP-W) Shanghai. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.

Since the third century, China has always consisted of a strong central government. The emperor’s decrees were law, changing only with dynasties, until 1912’s revolution. Throughout the modern era, one concept has remained: the government as a centralized bureaucratic autocracy.

Westerners think about law as a formal system, with such features as contracts, a bench,

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By |2014-12-16T16:53:54-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance, Law|Comments Off on Legal System—History (Fǎzhìshǐ 法制史)|Fǎzhìshǐ 法制史 (Legal System—History)

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