The Death Penalty in Contemporary China

The Death Penalty in Contemporary China

by S. Trevaskes


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The Death Penalty in Contemporary China by S. Trevaskes

China's infamous death penalty record is the product of firm Party-state control and policy-setting. Although during the 1980s and 1990s the Party's emphasis was on "kill many," in the 2000s the direction of policy began to move toward "kill fewer." The Supreme People's Court has served as an increasingly powerful counterweight in recent years, contributing to the mollification of Party policy. This book details the policies, institutions, and story behind the reform of the death penalty over the last three decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230613546
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Series: Palgrave Series in Asian Governance Series
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 301
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Trevaskes is an Australian Research Council QEII research fellow at Griffith University, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Death Penalty Story 1

1 Killing Many and Killing Fewer 15

2 Deciding Guilt 49

3 Sentencing to Death 79

4 Choosing Life over Death 115

5 The Turning Point 143

6 Shifting Narratives of State Killing 171

7 Soft-Pedaling Harsh Punishment 195

Conclusion 223

Glossary of Legal and Politico-Legal Terms 239

Notes 241

Bibliography 275

Index 297

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