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China's unhappy police

  • Author(s): Scoggins, SE
  • O'Brien, KJ
  • et al.

© 2016 University of California Press. All rights reserved. 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.

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