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Transforming the Evaluation of the Rule of Law

Social Sciences in China (Chinese Edition)

No.5, 2015

 

Transforming the Evaluation of the Rule of Law

(Abstract)

 

Qian Hongdao and Wang Zhaoxia

 

Over the past ten years, China has seen a number of practices exploring the evaluation of the rule of law. It is important that we sum up the practical experience of these evaluations, analyze the problems they encounter, determine their direction nationwide, and put forward constructive ideas. With the issuing of the Decision of the Central Committee of the CPC on Some Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening the Reform and the Decision of the Central Committee of the CPC on Promoting a Number of Major Issues of the Rule of Law, evaluation of the rule of law faces a transformation in both theory and in practice. The key points in this transformation are having the correct orientation, innovative mechanisms, and solutions to tricky issues of quantitative evaluation; summing up evaluation experience; and elevating evaluation to the level of theory. A precondition for effective evaluation is a scientific mechanism for evaluating the rule of law; in turn, the key to a scientific evaluation is solving the problems in quantitative evaluation of the rule of law; and the necessary requirements for evaluation practice are summing up evaluation experience and elevating it to the level of theory. The key to innovative mechanisms for evaluating the rule of law lies in implementation of the third party evaluation model and in quantitative evaluation that starts with particular programs.