State of Exception: The Examination of Anti-Corruption Practices

  • Shaoying Zhang
  • Derek McGhee
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter will examine how the Party uses coercive punishment against officials identified as corrupt, so as to create a sense of uncertainty and fear among other officials, who as a consequence, it is assumed, will cease or avoid corrupt activities. As we will show, anti-corruption practices in China become a state of exception in the name of the moral emergency of the Party, through which the maintenance of the continuing legitimacy of the Party justifies the necessity of the state of exception. As a result, those officials suspected of corruption become remnants who lack any legal rights.


Party Member Disciplinary Department Sovereign Power Party Committee Corrupt Official 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaoying Zhang
    • 1
  • Derek McGhee
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Social Policy, CriminologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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