Policing Serious Crime in China: From 'Strike Hard' to 'Kill Fewer', 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Policing Serious Crime in China

From 'Strike Hard' to 'Kill Fewer', 1st Edition

By Susan Trevaskes


240 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Despite a resurgence in the number of studies of Chinese social control over the past decade or so, no sustained work in English has detailed the recent developments in policy and practice against serious crime, despite international recognition that Chinese policing of serious crime is relatively severe and that more people are executed for crime in China each year than in the rest of the world combined.

In this book the author skilfully explores the politics, practice, procedures, and public perceptions of policing serious crime in China, focusing on one particular criminal justice practice – anti-crime campaigns – in the period of transition from planned to market economy from the 1980s to the first years of the twenty-first century. Susan Trevaskes analyzes the elements that led to the Hard Strike becoming the preferred method of attacking the growing problem of serious crime in China before going on to examine the factors surrounding the failure of the Hard Strike as a way of addressing the main problems of serious crime in China today, that is drug trafficking and organized crime .

Drawing on a rich variety of Chinese sources Serious Crime in China is an original and informed read for scholars of China, criminologists generally and the international human rights community.


"In this book, Trevaskes skillfully examines the politics, practice, procedures, and public perceptions of yanda anti-crime campaigns in the first 25 years of the post-1978 reform period. Trevaskes develops the concept of campaign policing and justice in China in order to describe the Chinese criminal justice practice to punish criminals “harshly and swiftly” in response to an increasing crime rate since the start of its economic reform in the 1980s."Dr Jianhua Xu,University of Hong Kong

Table of Contents

1. The Rise of Campaign Justice 2. The Campaign Template 3. Striking Hard in the New Millennium 4. Cracks in the Campaign Armour 5. The People’s War on Drugs 6. Fighting the Collective: The Rise of Organized Crime 7. The End of Campaign Justice?

About the Author

Susan Trevaskes is an Australian Research Council QEII Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / International
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies