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Author Trevaskes, Susan, 1964-

Title The death penalty in contemporary China / Susan Trevaskes
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave MacMillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (301 pages)
Series Palgrave series on Asian governance
Palgrave series on Asian governance.
Contents Killing many and killing fewer -- Deciding guilt -- Sentencing to death -- Choosing life over death -- The turning point -- Shifting narratives of state killing -- Soft-peddling harsh punishment -- Conclusion: life goes on
Summary China's infamous death penalty record is the product of firm Party-state control as policy informs capital punishment by courts. A quest for leniency eventually ousted China's 'Strike Hard' policy, as the Party-directed dialectic swung from 'kill many' for the first two decades of China's reform era from the early 1980s, towards 'kill fewer' from the mid-2000s. The Supreme People's Court is instrumental in reform, with regaining its gatekeeping capacity to review and approve all death penalty decisions (2007), and progressively institutionalizing the 'suspended death sentence' in the courts, both intrinsic to today's 'Balancing Leniency and Severity' policy to the ethos of 'kill fewer'. This book details the story
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-296)
Notes Print version record
Subject Capital punishment -- China.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137079673 (electronic bk.)
9781137079671 (electronic bk.)