Dr Wang PengAssistant Professor
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Peng Wang is a criminologist focusing on organized crime, corruption, bureaucracy and governance.
His book The Chinese Mafia: Organized Crime, Corruption, and Extra-legal Protection develops an empirical analysis of the rise of extra-legal protection in contemporary China by emphasizing two major types of unlawful protectors—the ‘Red Mafia’ (corrupt officials) and the ‘Black Mafia’ (locally-based criminal groups).
Peng is also an associate member of the Extra-legal Governance Institute, University of Oxford.
King’s College London
MA Criminology and Criminal Justice
King’s College London
East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China)
Crime and anti-crime
Corruption and anti-corruption
Bureaucracy and governance
Law and society
Face, emotional bonding and corruption: How middlemen facilitate corrupt exchanges in China
Anti-corruption and the decline of the social relation-based development model
Explaining the persistence of campaign-style policing in China
Wang, P. (2017) The Chinese Mafia: organized crime, corruption and extra-legal protection. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
—Winner, The Social Sciences Outstanding Research Output Awards 2016-2017 for Basic Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Varese, F. & Wang, P. & Wong, Rebecca W. Y. (2019). ‘Why should I trust you with my money?’: credible commitments in the informal economy in China. The British Journal of Criminology.
Li, L. & Wang, P. (in press). From Institutional Interaction to Institutional Integration: The National Supervisory Commission and China’s New Anti-corruption Model. The China Quarterly. (corresponding author)
Wang, P. & Wang, J (2018). How China promotes its military officers: Interactions between formal and informal institutions. The China Quarterly. 234, 399-419.
Wang, P. & Cho, L. F. & Li, R. (2018). An Institutional Explanation of Media Corruption in China. Journal of Contemporary China. 27(113), 748-762.
Wang, P. (2016). Military Corruption in China: The role of guanxi in the buying and selling of military positions. The China Quarterly. 228. 970-991.
Wang, P. & Antonopoulos, G. (2016). Organized crime and illegal gambling: How Do Illegal Gambling Enterprises Respond to the Challenges Posed by Their Illegality in China?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 49 (2), 258-280.
Skarbek D. & Wang, P. (2015). Criminal Rituals. Global Crime. 16(4), 288-305.
Wang, P. (2014). Extra-legal protection in China: How guanxi distorts China’s legal system and facilitates the rise of unlawful protectors. The British Journal of Criminology. 54 (4). 809-830.
Wang, P. & Blancke, S. (2014). Mafia State: The Evolving Threat of North Korean Narcotics Trafficking. The RUSI Journal. 159 (5). 52-59.
Broadhurst, R. & Wang, P. (2014). After the Bo Xilai Trial: Does Corruption Threaten China’s Future?. Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. 56 (3). 157-178.
Wang, P. (2013). The Increasing Threat of Chinese Organised Crime: National, Regional and International Perspectives. The RUSI Journal. 158 (4). 6-18.
Wang, P. (2013). The Rise of the Red Mafia in China: A Case Study of Organised Crime and Corruption in Chongqing. Trends in Organized Crime. 16 (1). 49-73.
Wang, P. (2011). The Chinese Mafia: Private Protection in a Socialist Market Economy. Global Crime. 12 (4). 290-311.
Wang, P. (forthcoming) ‘Red Mafia’, in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd Edition). London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wang, P. (2015). Organized Crime in a Transitional Economy: The Resurgence of the Criminal Underworld in Contemporary China. G. Barak (Ed.). Routledge International Handbook on the Crimes of the Powerful. Pages 401-11. Routledge.