The Culture Variable Vis-à-Vis Anti-bribery Law

A Grey Area in Transnational Corporate Criminal Liability
  • Qingxiu Bu
Part of the Political Corruption and Governance book series (PCG)


Cross-border transactions are generating corresponding globalisation of law enforcement efforts. It is perceived that corruption in China is more prevalent than in the West given its embedded place in Chinese culture. It is further alleged that Chinese multinational companies are taking advantage of an unlevel-playing field, as they are not subject to stringently enforced anti-bribery laws. This chapter argues that the cultural role should not be overestimated, otherwise the hazard of the ethnocentric engagement with the Chinese culture would affect the ability of foreign multinational companies to integrate their global compliance programs. Multinationals can only mitigate their exposure to criminal liability globally, provided that they comply robustly with anti-bribery laws of both home and host jurisdictions.


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  • Qingxiu Bu
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  1. 1.Sussex Law School, University of SussexBrightonUK

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