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The Death Penalty In ChinaPolicy, Practice, and Reform$
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Bin Liang and Hong Lu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170079

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170079.001.0001

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China’s Death Penalty in a State-Power-Based Society

China’s Death Penalty in a State-Power-Based Society

(p.97) 4 China’s Death Penalty in a State-Power-Based Society
The Death Penalty In China

Yunhai Wang

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that the fundamental nature of China as a ‘state-power’ dominated society has not been changed though China has witnessed significant transitions over the decades. As a result, the death penalty has been consistently utilized as a political tool by the Communist Party leaders to legitimize their governance against potential crimes.

Keywords:   ‘state-power’ based society, the death penalty as a political tool, Mao’s ‘Political China’, Deng’s “Economical China”, Jiang, Hu and Xi’s “Legal China”, changes and non-changes of the death penalty

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