Dr Wang PengAssistant Professor
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Peng Wang is a criminologist focusing on Chinese organized crime. His wider research interests include organized crime, mafias, guanxi and corruption, and extra-legal 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)
Guanxi and corruption
Face, emotional bonding and corruption: How middlemen facilitate corrupt exchanges in China
Anti-corruption and the decline of the social relation-based development model
Media extortion in China
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
Wang, P. & Wang, J (in press). How China promotes its military officers: Interactions between formal and informal institutions. The China Quarterly.
Wang, P. & Cho, L. F. & Li, R. (in press). An Institutional Explanation of Media Corruption in China. Journal of Contemporary China.
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. (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.
Wang, P. (2015). East Asian Intelligence and Organized Crime: An Introduction. S. Blancke (Ed.). East Asian Intelligence and Organized Crime. Köster Berlin.
Wang, P. (2012). Partners in crime: Triad groups move to exploit mainland China. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 24 (11). 46-49.
Wang, P. (2012). Crime Clubs: Clamping Down on Criminal Networks in China. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 24 (5). 46-49.
Wang, P. (2011). Divide and Conquer: Factionalised Triad Gang Spreads Its Wings. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 23 (11). 46-49.
Wang, P. (2011). Vicious Circles: Gang Legacy of the Cultural Revolution. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 23 (8). 46-49.