Despite intensified governmental and public efforts at corruption control in recent years, official transgression continues to surface in various ways of abusing the unique power and trust that a government holds.

Preventing Corruption in Asia addresses a number of crucial questions:

-What institutional arrangements are necessary to ensure a clean and honest government?

- What self-regulatory capabilities must government institutions develop in order to maintain integrity?

-How should a sense of ethical responsibility be instilled in the civil services?

-Do special anti-corruption agencies help keep government clean?

-How will a regulatory framework of official conduct work properly?

-How useful are anti-corruption campaigns in containing corruption?

Focusing on a number of carefully selected countries in the Asia and Pacific region, the book sets as its focal point the choice of institutional design in preventing corruption, rather than treating corruption as a practical or technical problem to be corrected by strong political will and good anti-corruption policy measures. While focusing on institutional designs and policy choices, the book  also examines other aspects of clean government such as the social environment, legal and regulatory framework, role of the public, and the impact of culture.


chapter 1|11 pages

Beyond enforcement

Anticorruption reform as a problem of institutional design *

part 1|100 pages

Anticorruption reform in the People's Republic of China

chapter 2|15 pages

China's war on corruption *

chapter 3|18 pages

Rent seeking under the licensing state

The institutional sources of economic corruption in China

chapter 4|16 pages

Cadre recruitment and corruption

What goes wrong?

chapter 5|17 pages

The institutionalization of Party discipline inspection in China

Dynamics and dilemmas

chapter 6|16 pages

“Policing the police”

A perennial challenge for China's anticorruption agencies *

chapter 7|16 pages

Preventing corruption through performance measurement

The case of China

part 2|126 pages

Corruption and institutional design

chapter 8|16 pages

Japan, Korea, the Philippines, China

Four syndromes of corruption

chapter 9|17 pages

Curbing corruption in a one-party dominant system

Learning from Singapore's experience

chapter 10|16 pages

Combating corruption in India

Challenges and approaches

chapter 11|25 pages

Preventing corruption in Turkey

Issues, instruments and institutions

chapter 13|16 pages

Corruption, culture and institutions

Evidence from the Pacific Islands

chapter 14|17 pages

Concluding remarks

Toward cleaner governance?