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Fangquan Liu & Jeffrey T. Martin

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 21: Policing after the Revolution: The Emergence of Professional Police in New China

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Policing after the Revolution: The Emergence of Professional Police in New China
Policing after the Revolution: The Emergence of Professional Police in New China
Fangquan LiuJeffrey T. Martin
POLICE PROFESSIONALISM AND ‘CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS'

Studies in comparative criminal justice are often framed in terms of national cultures. Accordingly, a conventional point of departure for studies of Chinese policing is attention to long-term historical continuities that mark the persistence of traditional cultural values in modern administrative institutions (e.g. Dutton 1992; Xu 1995; Ma 2000; Jiao 2001; Muhlhahn 2009; Martin 2014). We do not follow that approach here. Rather, in regard to the dynamics of administrative reform at issue in this chapter, we propose that the emergence of ‘New China’ in 1949 constituted a point of authentic revolutionary rupture with ...

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