Chinese Political Constitutionalism and Carl Schmitt

Qi Zheng


Carl Schmitt’s influence in China goes far beyond the circle of political philosophers. Two prominent Chinese constitutional theorists, Gao Quanxi and Chen Duanhong, have used Schmitt’s theory to develop their theories of Chinese constitution. They identify their theories as Chinese political constitutionalism. Although Schmitt is not the sole theoretical source for Chinese political constitutionalism, his influence is significant. This article aims to explore this important but much neglected connection between Schmitt and Chinese political constitutionalism.

Keywords Carl Schmitt, Chinese Political Constitutionalism, Chinese Constitution, Gao Quanxi, Chen Duanhong

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