Facing heavy caseloads, administrative drudgery, and low pay, China’s street-level police are frustrated. Front-line officers from six cities report that discontent encourages shirking, corruption, and waste. Grievances and feelings of powerlessness have not been reduced by recent reforms, and give us cause to rethink the image of police as effective arms of a highly securitized state.
China’s Unhappy Police
Kevin J. O’Brien is the Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Director of Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and the Haas Professor of Asian Studies. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Suzanne E. Scoggins, Kevin J. O’Brien; China’s Unhappy Police. Asian Survey 1 April 2016; 56 (2): 225–242. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2016.56.2.225
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