Triple Understanding and Chinese Expression of the Proposition That “Civil Society Determines the State”

Chenjia YUAN


“Civil society determines the state” is an early proposition of Marx. However, since reform and open, the change in understanding of it in domestic academia illustrates that the proposition still has practical meaning to China’s practice. The development of Chinese civil society and western civil society are in the synchronic historical context, and have many in common, but are the individual expression of their own historical experience. It is necessary to understand the connotation of the proposition that civil society determines the state from the perspective of economy, politics and culture, and investigate it in the particularity of contemporary China’s modernization practice. Chinese civil society is the labor equity in the condition of socialist market economy, and the determination role of civil society is realized by the correct leading of the Chinese Communist Party.


Civil society; State; Democracy; Cultural leading; Chinese practice

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