With distinct Chinese characteristics, the petition system in China has played several important roles in the reflection of public opinion, social supervision of state organizations and personnel, dispute settlement between citizens and the government, and the unification of Chinese people. Since this system faces many challenges going forward, its reform is an important task for the political authorities in China. This article analyzes the design defects of the petition system from both macro and micro perspectives and the consequences resulting from such defects; it then advances suggestions regarding potential reforms.

Bluebook Citation

Xujun Gao & Jie Long, On the Petition System in China, 12 U. St. Thomas L.J. 34 (2015).