From hierarchical to panoptic control: China’s solution in monitoring judges

Despite the 2014 judicial reforms, judge interviews demonstrate that Chinese judges are not completely free in their decision-making. Through indirect and ideological supervision, the state closely monitors judges’ case management. This “panoptic,” rather than dictatorial, control has helped manage rising caseloads and a shrinking judiciary. This article discusses Chinese courts and authoritarian judicial politics.

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