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The 93rd Professor Salon: Associate Professor Peng Xiaolong and State Leadership in the Establishment of Dispute Resolution Mechanism

On April 24th, 2018, the 93rd Professor Salon was held in Mingde Law Building. Associate Professor Peng Xiaolong served as the speaker, delivering a speech entitled ¡°State Leadership in the Establishment of Dispute Resolution Mechanism¡±. Associate Professor You Chenjun served as the moderator. Professor Zhu Jingwen, Professor Shao Ming, Professor Wan Yong, Associate Professor Pan Wenjun, Associate Professor Gao Yangguang, Associate Professor Zhu Hu, Associate Professor Lu Haina, Associate Professor Ding Xiaodong, Associate Professor Zheng Weiwei, Assistant Professor Xiong Bingwan, and more than 10 PhD students and master students participated in the salon.

On the very beginning of the salon, Associate Professor You Chenjun expressed gratitude to all the attendees for their participation. He introduced the subject and background of Associate Professor Peng Xiaolong¡¯s speech. On behalf of Renmin Law School, he awarded the memorial plague to Peng.

Associate Professor Peng Xiaolong¡¯s speech comprised of four parts: the origin of the problem, the development of the proposition, the resources of the theory, and the subject of the research.

First, Peng reviewed the introduction of diversified dispute resolution mechanism in China, the top level design and reform exploration in recent years. He believed, in the background of diversified dispute resolution mechanism as a social consensus, the understanding of state¡¯s role in the establishment and operation of dispute resolution mechanism, as well as its conditions and limits, was the key in the realization of diversified dispute resolution mechanism from ¡°concept enlightenment¡± to ¡°structural analysis¡±. However, current dispute resolution mechanism structure theory had deficiency in this respect.

Second, Peng made a further explanation for the proposition, from the following perspectives: the establishment of dispute resolution mechanism, the structural change, and the state governance models. He also reviewed the progress on the issues of state theory, social structure, the relationship between state and society in political science and sociology since 1970s and 1980s.

Third, by analyzing these theoretical resources, and by combing with Chinese theory and practice in recent years, Peng made a systematic explanation on his research subject: the state leadership in the establishment of diversified dispute resolution mechanism, which involved role and balance of the state leadership, the state system and the state leadership, the conditions and limits of the state leadership, and the reexamination of the relationship between state and society.

After the speech, the attendees had a heated discussion on the following issues: the ¡°bringing the country back in¡± theory, the state-society relationship theory, China¡¯s tradition in state governance, how the state leadership unfolded in the micro and the middle level, is there a theory combing the theoretical summary with the case study; the legitimacy of state leadership; the variables needed to be considered in the empirical study, etc. Peng made responses.

The Professor Salon ended in applause.

(Editor: CHEN Pei)

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