Summer 2018

Combating Corruption in Asian Countries: Learning from Success & Failure

Jon S.T. Quah
Although corruption is a serious problem in many Asian countries, Singapore and Hong Kong stand out as examples of recent anticorruption success. Jon S.T. Quah mines lessons from these stories, pointing to political will as a major factor in the effectiveness of those countries’ anticorruption agencies (as indicated by public funding and staff-population ratios in those countries). Quah also points to the need to address context-specific root causes of corruption rather than curbing corruption in public displays; and to the critical importance of independence on the part of anticorruption agencies.
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