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Anti-corruption measures in China: suggestions for reforms

Yong Guo (School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) and the Anticorruption and Governance Research Center (ACGRC), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Songfeng Li (School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) and the Anticorruption and Governance Research Center (ACGRC), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 5 January 2015




The purpose of this paper is to analyze several measures which the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has adopted to curb corruption and to make recommendations to curb the spread of corruption.


The study is based on the analysis of government policy documents and reports, and statistical data on anti-corruption measures in China.


During the past ten years, the government of the PRC has adopted these anti-corruption measures: first, increasing the ability to handle cases for deterring corrupt officials; second, improving the work style of officials and prohibiting them from enjoying special privileges, and promoting moral behavior among them; third, reforming the economic and political system to reduce corruption opportunities; and fourth, reforming the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) to more effectively handle corruption cases. Nevertheless, in despite of these anti-corruption measures, there remain serious challenges for reducing corruption stemming from an irrational system of administrative reform and balancing the relationship between the CCDI and the judiciary departments to enhance the professionalism and efficiency of the anti-corruption agencies, which continue to constrain China’s current anti-corruption efforts. Therefore, the Chinese government should take a top-down approach, analyze the characteristics and trends of corruption in the new era, strengthen the institutional structures, and strive to suppress the spread of corruption.


This paper will be useful for those scholars, policy-makers and anti-corruption practitioners who are interested in China’s anti-corruption measures.



The authors would like to give thanks to Professor Jon S.T. Quah of Singapore and Professor Leslie Holmes of University of Melbourne. This paper was deeply influenced by their constructive and insightful comments. However, the authors are responsible for any mistakes that remain.

This research was funded by the MOE (Ministry of Education in China) Project of Humanities and Social Sciences (No. 13YJAZH029) and the National Social Science Fund of China (No. 13&ZD011).


Guo, Y. and Li, S. (2015), "Anti-corruption measures in China: suggestions for reforms", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 7-23.



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