Anomie, Organized Crime and Legal and Administrative Response in China

Huan Gao, Buffalo State College
John Song, Buffalo State College
James Gillham, Buffalo State College

China's economic reform, started more than two decades ago, has been producing rapid economic growth, which, in turn, has engendered massive social dislocation in the form of sharp disparity between the rich and poor, as well as rampant crime. This paper intends to discuss recent developments in Chinese organized crime and to offer a theoretical explanation for it. Official reports, academic research findings, newspaper accounts, and interviews with judicial and law enforcement professionals and legal scholars in China will be analyzed. The findings of this paper will expand the existing body of knowledge in organized crime in China and offer recommendations to policy makers in China.

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