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Article: From Law to Politics: Petitioners’ Framing of Disputes in Chinese Courts

TitleFrom Law to Politics: Petitioners’ Framing of Disputes in Chinese Courts
Authors
Issue Date2018
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/loi/tcj
Citation
The China Journal, 2018, v. 80, p. 130-149 How to Cite?
AbstractDrawing on empirical data collected from petitioners in Chinese courts, this article analyzes how the regime’s political concern for social stability transforms petitioners’ disputes and shapes the evolution of their legal consciousness. Compared with first-time petitioners, who often address their complaints within a legal paradigm, the veteran petitioners take advantage of the judges’ political concern for social stability and present their disputes as potentially threatening social stability. They hold the judiciary responsible for their plight; they petition courts during “sensitive periods” they employ innovative tactics to draw official attention; and they seek to secure government stability-maintenance funds as a substitute for legal remedies. However, in framing a legal dispute as a political problem, the veteran petitioners risk retaliation. This article’s analysis provides insights into the operation of the court petition system, howthe legal consciousness ofChinese petitioners evolves,andhowin the petitioners’ eyes the legitimacy of the legal system gets eroded.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/264161
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2019 Impact Factor: 2.75
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.521
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dc.contributor.authorFeng, Y-
dc.contributor.authorHe, X-
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-22T07:50:32Z-
dc.date.available2018-10-22T07:50:32Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationThe China Journal, 2018, v. 80, p. 130-149-
dc.identifier.issn1324-9347-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/264161-
dc.description.abstractDrawing on empirical data collected from petitioners in Chinese courts, this article analyzes how the regime’s political concern for social stability transforms petitioners’ disputes and shapes the evolution of their legal consciousness. Compared with first-time petitioners, who often address their complaints within a legal paradigm, the veteran petitioners take advantage of the judges’ political concern for social stability and present their disputes as potentially threatening social stability. They hold the judiciary responsible for their plight; they petition courts during “sensitive periods” they employ innovative tactics to draw official attention; and they seek to secure government stability-maintenance funds as a substitute for legal remedies. However, in framing a legal dispute as a political problem, the veteran petitioners risk retaliation. This article’s analysis provides insights into the operation of the court petition system, howthe legal consciousness ofChinese petitioners evolves,andhowin the petitioners’ eyes the legitimacy of the legal system gets eroded.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/loi/tcj-
dc.relation.ispartofThe China Journal-
dc.rightsThe China Journal. Copyright © University of Chicago Press.-
dc.titleFrom Law to Politics: Petitioners’ Framing of Disputes in Chinese Courts-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHe, X: xfhe@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHe, X=rp02358-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/696936-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85044336031-
dc.identifier.hkuros295370-
dc.identifier.volume80-
dc.identifier.spage130-
dc.identifier.epage149-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000435022400007-
dc.publisher.placeAustralia-
dc.identifier.ssrn3204152-
dc.identifier.hkulrp2020/032-
dc.identifier.issnl1324-9347-

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