Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 263–264 | Cite as

Kam C. Wong, Police Reform in China (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2011), 413 p. $99.95 hardback

  • Manfred ElfstromEmail author
Book Review

China’s domestic public security spending has eclipsed its national defense budget in recent years. Police responses to “mass incidents”—strikes, protests, and riots—and to new forms of criminality like human trafficking and software pirating have captured international headlines. In Police Reform in China, Kam C. Wong argues that the Ministry of Public Security and its frontline officers are transitioning from a political role as guardians of the revolution against class enemies under Chairman Mao to a more pragmatic role as promoters of the public order deemed necessary for economic growth under Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao (and perhaps continuing under Xi Jinping). The book’s individual chapters address the state of Chinese scholarship on the police, especially its findings and research quality (chapter 3); the force’s legitimacy crisis (chapter 4); a variety of reform measures being implemented (chapter 5); and, in particular, measures aimed at increasing oversight of the police...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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