1st Edition

Government Anti-Corruption Strategies A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Edited By Yahong Zhang, Cecilia Lavena Copyright 2015
    296 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As a political and social disease, public corruption costs governments and businesses around the world trillions of dollars every year.

    Government Anti-Corruption Strategies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective provides you with a better understanding of public corruption and governments’ anti-corruption practices. It outlines a general framework of anti-corruption strategies that governments undertake to effectively curb corrupt practices. Case studies of several countries illustrate how governments put anti-corruption strategies into practice.

    This book provides case studies of anti-corruption efforts in several countries, including China, India, South Korea, Nepal, and Central and Eastern European countries. It focuses on developing and transitional countries, where the depth and effects of corruption are especially severe. The cases highlight examples of failure as well as success so that the complexity of corruption issues and the reasons why corruption persists can be better understood.

    Most of the contributors to each chapter are native to the countries under discussion and provide an insider’s view and analysis. They expose some of the appalling depths to which corruption can go. In governments where accountability is generally weak, legal institutions are poorly developed, civil liberties and political competition are often restricted, and laws are frequently flouted, it is the people who ultimately suffer.

    Government Anti-Corruption Strategies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective represents an international effort to foster a better understanding of the issues surrounding corruption. This compelling collection of studies offers insights into real-life cases of corruption that help you equip yourself to stem corruption when it appears.




    Introduction: Corruption and Government Anti-Corruption Strategies

    Yahong Zhang and José G. Vargas-Hernández

    Anti-Corruption Actions: Nongovernmental and Intergovernmental Organizations

    Benjamin W. Cramer

    Anti-Corruption Practices in India

    Meena Nair

    The Whistleblowing Program as an Anti-Corruption Tool in China

    Hua Xu, Xuejiao Zhao, Qingming Zhang, and Minglu Xu

    Lessons from China: Fighting Corruption in the Construction Sector

    Jiangnan Zhu and Yiping Wu

    Anti-Corruption Lessons from Nepal

    Narayan Manandhar


    Evolution of Anti-Corruption Strategies in South Korea

    Kilkon Ko and Sue Yeon Cho

    Anti-Corruption Strategies in Singapore: Demystifying the Singapore Model

    Wenxuan Yu

    Fighting Corruption in Central and Eastern European Countries through Transparency: Regulatory and Institutional Challenges

    Bogdana Neamtu and Dacian C. Dragos


    How a Resurgent Antigraft Bureau Helped Croatia Turn a Corner on Corruption

    Gabriel Kuris

    Anti-Corruption Strategies in the Gulf Cooperation Council’s States: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

    Mhamed Biygautane


    Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials: A Countercorruption Strategy in Developed Countries

    Cindy Davids


    What Can We Learn from Worldwide Anti-Corruption Practices?

    Yahong Zhang



    Dr. Yahong Zhang is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark Campus, New Jersey. She is the director of the Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Zhang is currently working on an anti-corruption research project that consists of two phases: data collection of public corruption cases at the individual and organizational levels and empirical examination of systematic factors that lead to public corruption. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, The American Review of Public Administration, and Public Performance and Management Review.

    Dr. Cecilia Lavena is an adjunct professor at the Department of Social Sciences, Universidad de San Andrés, Victoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the director of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Association for Civil Rights (ADC), a Buenos Aires-based, independent non-partisan non-governmental organization working to guarantee respect for civil and human rights in Argentina and Latin America. Dr. Lavena worked on a project titled "Towards a Culture of Anti-Corruption Compliance in Argentina: Reorienting Incentives through Collective Action" at the Center for Anti-corruption Studies at the Department of Law, Universidad de San Andrés, under the auspices of the Siemens Integrity Initiative. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Public Integrity and American Review of Public Administration.