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Title: The Durability of China's Lawmaking Process under Xi Jinping: A Tale of Two Foreign Investment Laws
Authors: 李曉雋
Li, Xiaojun
Contributors: Issues & Studies
Keywords: Lawmaking ; bureaucratic politics ; veto players ; foreign direct investment ; China
Date: 2021-03
Issue Date: 2021-11-18 14:54:27 (UTC+8)
Abstract: On March 15, 2019, the National People's Congress passed a long-anticipated Foreign Investment Law (FIL) after a short deliberation period of only three months. This expedited legislative process seems unusual, considering that the original draft of the FIL proposed by the Ministry of Commerce in January 2015 was tabled indefinitely after a brief period of public consultation. How can we explain this stark difference? Comparing the legislative processes and contents of the two laws, this paper shows that, as with many previous laws, bureaucratic politics likely contributed to an impasse in the 2015 draft, whereas external shocks-in this case, the escalating trade war between China and the United States-helped accelerate the deliberation process and the passage of the new FIL. These two cases demonstrate the durability of lawmaking institutions and procedures under Xi Jinping despite the recentralization of power in the executive after changes to the constitution.
Relation: Issues & Studies, 57(1), 1-22
Data Type: article
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