The Reception of Western Institutions as the Implementation of the Ancestors’ Way – An Analysis of the Edict on Imitation of Constitutionalism Issued in 1906 Cover Image
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Recepcja instytucji zachodnich jako realizacja drogi przodków – analiza Edyktu o imitowaniu konstytucjonalizmu z 1906 r.
The Reception of Western Institutions as the Implementation of the Ancestors’ Way – An Analysis of the Edict on Imitation of Constitutionalism Issued in 1906

Author(s): Mateusz Stępień
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Social Sciences, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: imperial edict; Middle Kingdom

Summary/Abstract: The main aim of the paper is to analyze the ground-breaking imperial edict issued in the Middle Kingdom in 1906, which introduced a package of reforms aimed to establish a constitutional monarchy. The edict is an important part of the process of selective adaptation of not only certain Western institutions, but also the fundamental principles relating to the core organization of the political community. This process was neither mechanical nor one-dimensional. „Translation” of the Western object was involved in a number of dilemmas and challenges (the relationship between the tradition of the „new”; instrumentality or autotelicity of copying foreign institutions; selection of native counterparts of the copied objects). The main theoretical perspective employed in the paper is the “legal transplant” theory. It enables to point out a broader set of conclusions about the process of copying foreign laws and institutions basing on the particular example from China at the beginning of the 20th century.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 06
  • Page Range: 18-33
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish