The pluralization of policing and the rise of private policing in China

Lena Y. Zhong, Peter N. Grabosky

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    Policing in China has undergone tremendous change during the economic transformation of the past three decades. This paper describes the plural policing bodies that have existed during pre- and post-reform periods in China. In the pre-reform period the policing bodies were generally public in nature with the public security police playing an important role in providing professional guidance to the other policing bodies. In the post-reform period, there has been a transition from a monopoly of public policing to an integration of public/private policing, with the public security police still playing a leading role in the policing network. Apart from the emergence of private policing (the security service industry), there is also a trend towards privatizing some previously public policing bodies in line with the movement toward strengthening the rule of law and towards privatization in general.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)433-455
    Number of pages23
    JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


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