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, police corruption, military corruption and extra-legal governance.
His doctoral thesis entitled ‘The Chinese Mafia: The rise of extra-legal protection in a guanxi-based society’ developed 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)
The Chinese mafia: organized crime, corruption and extra-legal protection
Explaining the persistence of campaign-style policing in China
Interactions between formal and informal institutions: How China promotes its military officers
The role of middlemen in the buying and selling of military positions
Wang, P. (2017) The Chinese Mafia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wang, P. (in press). Military Corruption in China: The role of guanxi in the buying and selling of military positions. The China Quarterly.
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.