Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 177-201

First online:

The quasi-criminalization of a business sector in China

  • X.L. DingAffiliated withSoSc

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This study probes the institutional mechanisms and operational processes that have turned the Chinese construction sector into a quasi-criminal domain during the past two decades. On the basis of its exploratory investigation, the paper tries to make a few generalized empirical observations, which centre on the problem of institution-formation and order under the conditions of a systemic transition from command to market environments. This study is part of a major project on state-rebuilding in transitional China.