The dual nature of anti-corruption agencies in China

Abstract

As the pace of modern life quickens considerably and changes come fast and furious in public affairs, the qualifications based on which public servants are recruited, the skills they are required to master in order to deal with the new situation, the challenges they are faced with, and the administrative behavior they demonstrate are all no longer the same. Bureaucrats in anti-corruption agencies are no exception. This article will review the latest development in China’s public administration, as unethical bureaucratic behavior in anti-corruption agencies has been among the increasingly vexing pathologies the authorities have to cope with.

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Notes

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    It should be pointed that there are several other agencies that are also involved in anti-corruption activities to a different degree. One example is the National Office of Audit which was established in 1983 under the State Council. See http://www.hn.xinhuanet.com/2005–12/21/content_5868214.htm Retrieved 2/20/2006.

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    Sun Fuhai, “Dangqian Fubai yu Shehuizhuyi Jiandu Tizhi Yanjiu” (A Study on the Current Corruption and Socialist System of Supervision), Beijing Shehui Kexue, February 1995, pp.127–134. See Fuyin Baokan Ziliao (Zhongguo Zhengzhi), June 1995, pp.67–74.

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    Yao Wensheng, “Lianzheng Zhuanmen Jizhi Jianshe Chutan” (A Preliminary Study on Mechanisms Promoting an Honest Government), Zhongguo Faxue, April 1995, pp.19–24. See Fuyin Baokan Ziliao (Zhongguo Zhengzhi), September 1995, pp.66–71.

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    For details, see http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2006–11/06/content_5295601.htm Retrieved 11/08/2006.

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    “Former Secretary of Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection on Ten Years’ Fight Against Corruption.” See http://news.xinhuanet.com/lianzheng/2006–11/02/content_5280509.htm Retrieved 11/03/2006.

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    See “Former Secretary of Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection on Ten Years’ Fight Against Corruption.”

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    See “Former Secretary of Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection on Ten Years’ Fight Against Corruption.”

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    For details please see http://finance.sina.com.cn/careerlife/20040619/0907823577.shtml Retrieved 06/20/2004.

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    For details please see http://www.people.com.cn/GB/14576/14528/3261594.html Retrieved 11/09/2006.

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    For details please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/lianzheng/2006-10/08/content_5176342.htm Retrieved 10/09/2006.

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    For details please see http://gb.cri.cn/9083/2007/03/13/1965@1495183.htm Retrieved 03/13/2007.

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    For details please see http://www.theiacp.org/ Retrieved 03/30/2007. See also http://ethics.iit.edu/codes/coe/int.assoc.chiefs.police.law.enforcement.coe.1989.html Retrieved 03/30/2007.

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    See http://www.xs.gd.cn/fg/police/14803.html Retrieved 08 /25/2006. The “ten forbids” were reissued in February 2006. See also http://www.mps.gov.cn/gab/flfg/info_detail.jsp?infoId=614 Retrieved 11/22/2006.

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    See http://www.xs.gd.cn/fg/police/16235.html Retrieved 11/22/2006.

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    For a full text please see http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2006-09/30/content_5156550.htm Retrieved 11/21/2006.

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    See http://www.qzwb.com/gb/content/2004-12/07/content_1455513.htm Retrieved 12/08/2004.

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    See http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2006-11/03/content_5284390.htm Retrieved 11/04/2006.

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    See http://www.chinanews.com.cn/sh.news/2007/01-12/853054.shtml Retrieved 1/11/2007.

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    See http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2006-11/06/content_5295601.htm Retrieved 11/07/2006.

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    See “Former Secretary of Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection on Ten Years’ Fight Against Corruption.”

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    See http://news.xinhuanet.com/lianzheng/2006-10/08/content_5176342.htm Retrieved 10/09/2006.

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    See http://www.chinanews.com.cn/gn/news/2007/04-12/913891.shtml Retrieved 4/13/2007.

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    See http://news.163.com/2004w03/12482/2004w03_1078456738210.html Retrieved 4/14/2004.

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The author wishes to thank Prof. Philip Ivanhoe for his careful reading of an earlier draft of the paper and for his constructive comments.

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Ma, S.K. The dual nature of anti-corruption agencies in China. Crime Law Soc Change 49, 153–165 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-007-9092-2

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Keywords

  • Chinese Communist Party
  • Public Security
  • Party Member
  • Party Committee
  • Dual Loyalty