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The challenge of preserving Hong Kong’s successful anti-corruption system

Ian Scott (Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 10 July 2017




The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors explaining the success of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the challenges which it faces in maintaining that success.


Utilising a review of primary and secondary sources, a syndrome of success characteristics is developed and analysed against a backdrop of recent high-level scandals involving corruption and unethical behaviour.


The paper concludes that the institutionalisation of key structures and processes has enabled the ICAC to perform successfully to date but that the prospect of political interference may represent a significant future challenge.


Although there has been widespread attention to ICAC success factors, some important features have been neglected and little academic attention has been devoted to recent political challenges to its position.



Scott, I. (2017), "The challenge of preserving Hong Kong’s successful anti-corruption system", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 227-237.



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