1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Corruption in Asia

Edited By Ting Gong, Ian Scott Copyright 2017
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction

    Part I: Corruption and the State

    2. Institutional corruption and the state in Asia

    3. Corruption networks in China: an institutional analysis

    4. Two steps forward, one step backwards: Indonesia’s winding (anti-) corruption journey

    5. "Normal" corruption in Japan

    6. Rule making and rule breaking: electoral corruption in East Asia

    Part II: Corruption and Economic Development

    7. Corruption in Asia: trust and economic development

    8. Corruption and inequality in Asiau

    9. Corruption and procurement in Asian states

    10. Bribes and taxes: spatially concentrated or randomly distributed? Evidence from three sources of firm level data in Vietnam

    11. Regulatory capture as a two-way street: Hong Kong small and medium enterprises in the Pearl River Delta

    Part III: Corruption and Society

    12. Thinking about corruption as though people mattered

    13. Corruption and collective protest in China

    14. Civil society and anti-corruption initiatives in India: towards a citizen’s perspective

    15. Women and corruption: when being the fairer sex becomes a myth

    16. Measuring public perceptions of corruption in Asia

    Part IV: Controlling Corruption: Strategies, Successes and Failures

    17. Controlling corruption in Asian countries: the elusive search for success

    18. Corruption prevention: successful cases

    19. Rule-based and integrity-based anti-corruption approaches in Asia

    20. Regional anti-corruption initiatives in Asia


    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.