Corruption in Asia ranges from the venal rent-seeking of local officials to the million-dollar bribes received by corrupt politicians; from excessive position-related consumption to future job offers in the private sector for compliant public servants; from money-laundering to ‘white elephant’ projects that do little more than line the pockets of developers and their political partners.
The Routledge Handbook of Corruption in Asia addresses the theories, issues and trends in corruption and anticorruption reform that have emerged from this diverse experience. The book is divided into four major parts: corruption and the state; corruption and economic development; corruption and society; and controlling corruption: strategies, successes and failures. Chapters compare and contrast corruption in different social and institutional contexts, examine both successful and unsuccessful attempts to control it, and consider what lessons can be drawn from these Asian experiences.
This academically rigorous and insightful book will be of interest to a wide range of students and scholars, particularly those of Asian studies, politics and sociology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Ting Gong and Ian Scott
Part I: Corruption and the State
2. Institutional corruption and the state in Asia, Ian Scott
3. Corruption networks in China: an institutional analysis, Jiangnan Zhu
4. Two steps forward, one step backwards: Indonesia’s winding (anti-) corruption journey, Sofie Arjon Schütte
5. "Normal" corruption in Japan, James Babb
6. Rule making and rule breaking: electoral corruption in East Asia, Jamie S. Davidson and Erik Mobrand
Part II: Corruption and Economic Development
7. Corruption in Asia: trust and economic development, Susan Rose-Ackerman
8. Corruption and inequality in Asia, Jong-sung You
9. Corruption and procurement in Asian states, David S. Jones
10. Bribes and taxes: spatially concentrated or randomly distributed? Evidence from three sources of firm level data in Vietnam, John Rand and Finn Tarp
11. Regulatory capture as a two-way street: Hong Kong small and medium enterprises in the Pearl River Delta, Thomas Johnson, Ting Gong and Wen Wang
Part III: Corruption and Society
12. Thinking about corruption as though people mattered, Michael Johnston
13. Corruption and collective protest in China, Andrew Wedeman
14. Civil society and anti-corruption initiatives in India: towards a citizen’s perspective, Mitu Sengupta
15. Women and corruption: when being the fairer sex becomes a myth, Natalia Matukhno
16. Measuring public perceptions of corruption in Asia, Chilik Yu
Part IV: Controlling Corruption: Strategies, Successes and Failures
17. Controlling corruption in Asian countries: the elusive search for success, Jon S.T. Quah
18. Corruption prevention: successful cases, Jin-Wook Choi
19. Rule-based and integrity-based anti-corruption approaches in Asia, Robert Gregory
20. Regional anti-corruption initiatives in Asia, Bart W. Édes
Ting Gong is Professor in the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.
Ian Scott is Visiting Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong and Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.