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1 METZGER, Thomas A. Harvard Studies in East Asian Law 7 Internal Organization of Ch'ing Bureaucracy : Legal, Normative, and Communication Aspects. Harvard Studies in East Asian Law 7. First Edition in dustjacket
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1973, ISBN:0674515501 
METZGER, Thomas A. The Internal Organization of Ch'ing Bureaucracy : Legal,Normative, and Communication Aspects. Harvard Studies in East Asian Law 7. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1973. First Edition. Pp. (6), [vii]-x,[1]-469,(1). 8vo, blue cloth, red titles to spine. "The bureaucracyof the Ch'ing empire (1644-1912) occupies a pivotal position in Chinese hi story. This important studyis basic to an understanding of tne organizational heritage with which the process of political modernization began in China, but it also sheds light on the historical development or the imperial bureaucracy. Based on far-ranging research into Chinese primary sources, it discusses previously unexplored areas of Ch'ing law and re-examines the ideology of Ch'ing bureaucrats. By analyzing the laws dealing with administrative discipline (ch'u-fen tse-li) as well as the ways in which these laws were made, communicated, and argued about, it determines the nature of norms basic to the actualities or Ch'ing administrative life, and it relates theseworking norms to leading issues and ideas in the Confucian intellectual tr adition. Metzger thus describes conditions of organizational cooperation internal to the Ch'ing bureaucracy, holding that these conditions affected the power of the bureaucracy in its relations with its societal environment."- from the dj. Contents: I. The Normative Background of Law Making: Admini strative Flexibility. 1. Introduction; 2. The Fixed Order: The State as Partly Good; 3. The Political Order as a Historical Process Continuing in the Present; 4. Minor Adjustments; 5. The Question of Major Improvements; 6. Fixity versus Flexibility; 7. Conclusion. II. The Communication of the Laws. 1. Introduction; 2. Criteria of Clarity; 3. Clarity of Language; 4. Compilation and Distribution 5. Conclusion. III. The Formal Structure of the Law-making Process. 1. Introduction 2. The Executive Process; 3. Formal Categorization;4. Substantive Categorization; 5. The Format of Books of Law; 6. Conclusion. IV. The Law on the Administrative Punishment of Civil Officials. 1. Introduction; 2. Historical Background; 3. The Normative Framework; 4. The Administrative Framework; 5. Conclusion. With Appendices : 1. Tao Chu's Memorials; 2. On Han Avoidance; 3. On the Ch'ing Penal Code; 4. On Ling and Chih-shu; 5. On the Right to Memorialize; 6. On Calculating the Average Length of Tenure in the Grand Council. With Biblography, Glossary and Terminological Index, General Index. Owner's name expunged with black marker from the ffep and top edges, marker to top-edge, else a very good copy in a lightly rubbed dust jacket. 150.00

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