China’s Changing Constitution

Cohen, Jerome Alan | January 1, 1979

In 1978, the People’s Republic of China promulgated its third constitution since the communist revolution. In many respects, the new constitution reflects the attitudes andpolicies of Peking’s current leadershp. In this article, Professor Cohen analyzes the changes wrought by the new constitution in property relations, restraints on executive power, and the protection of individual liberties by comparing it with its predecessors.