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Authoritarian policing with Chinese characteristics: A case study of motorcycle bans in the Pearl River Delta
Xu,Jianhua
2019-06-19
Source PublicationCrime, Law and Social Change
ISSN15730751 09254994
Volume61Issue:4Pages:439-460
Abstract

Despite unprecedented economic and social changes over the past three decades, China remains an authoritarian regime. However, the current authoritarian regime differs in many ways from that under Mao. Since the nature of a police force reflects the character of the political regime within which it operates, this paper explores current police practices in China. It argues that policing in China is neither completely authoritarian nor democratic, but best understood as soft-authoritarian. The case study examines policing of a motorcycle ban that was implemented to prevent motorcycle snatch theft in the Pearl River Delta. The police remained authoritarian and used many coercive strategies to push for the motorcycle ban. However, their hard-line strategies were matched by some soft-line persuasive tactics. I argue that changing state-society relations are leading to resistance to hard-authoritarian policing and contributing to soft-authoritarian policing in China. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

DOI10.1007/s10611-013-9495-1
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology ; Social Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology ; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000336389400005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
AffiliationDepartment of SociologyUniversity of Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Xu,Jianhua. Authoritarian policing with Chinese characteristics: A case study of motorcycle bans in the Pearl River Delta[J]. Crime, Law and Social Change,2019,61(4):439-460.
APA Xu,Jianhua.(2019).Authoritarian policing with Chinese characteristics: A case study of motorcycle bans in the Pearl River Delta.Crime, Law and Social Change,61(4),439-460.
MLA Xu,Jianhua."Authoritarian policing with Chinese characteristics: A case study of motorcycle bans in the Pearl River Delta".Crime, Law and Social Change 61.4(2019):439-460.
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