1st Edition

Corruption Prevention and Governance in Hong Kong

By Ian Scott, Ting Gong Copyright 2019
    244 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses central questions in the continuing debate about success factors in corruption prevention and the efficacy and value of anti-corruption agencies (ACAs). How do ACAs become valued within a polity? What challenges must they overcome? What conditions account for their success and failure? What contributions can corruption prevention make to good governance? And in what areas might they have little or no effect on the quality of governance? With these questions in mind, the authors examine the experience of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), widely regarded as one of the few successful examples of an ACA. The book is grounded in an analysis of ICAC documents and surveys, the authors’ survey of social attitudes towards corruption in Hong Kong, and interviews with former officials.

    1. Concepts, Approaches and Institutions

    Part I: Corruption Prevention in Colonial Hong Kong

    2. Corruption in Hong Kong, 1842–1973

    3. Crisis and Challenge: The Early Years of the ICAC

    Part II: Success Factors in Corruption Prevention

    4. Political Will

    5. Organising for Success

    6. Enforcing the Law

    7. Changing Perceptions of Corruption

    8. The Virtuous Circle

    Part III: Corruption Prevention and Governance

    9. Good Governance

    10. Bad Governance

    11. Institutionalising ACAs: Constraints and Possibilities


    Ian Scott is Emeritus Professor and a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.

    Ting Gong is Professor in the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong and Distinguished Chair Professor in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, China.