Constitutional Attempt and Enlightenment of China Democratic League(1941-1948)

Chunlei YANG


In the 1940s, the middle forces with China Democratic League as the core took the democratic socialism as the guiding ideology, and adopted the “middle political line”, and tried to advance “the third road” of China’s constitutional democracy under the premise of reconciling military conflict between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. The reasons of the constitutional failure of democratic socialism in China are: First of all, under the United States and the Soviet Union pattern, the policies to China dominating China’s politics; secondly, depending on force politics and lacking the tradition of rational tolerance; thirdly, forming the constitutional view of instrumentalism and lacking right consciousness; finally, the absence of ideal parties and the weak influence of China Democratic League. Today we should adapt to the reason and the rule of law in the constitutional political norm, no longer take opportunism attitude towards constitutional value, and should establish belief and maintenance of the constitution value.


Democratic socialism; Constitutional attempt; Enlightenment; China Democratic League

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