A study of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) success, setbacks and challenges amidst the political transitional period from 1984-1997

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A study of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) success, setbacks and challenges amidst the political transitional period from 1984-1997

 

Author: Chan, Yat-wa
Title: A study of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's (ICAC) success, setbacks and challenges amidst the political transitional period from 1984-1997
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Hong Kong. Independent Commission Against Corruption
Bribery -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: 89, xv leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1448545
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2759
Abstract: The subject of corruption in Hong Kong's public life has not been paid much attention as an area of political, social and economic research even after the formation of the ICAC in 1974 and in the Sino-British Transition period (1984-1997). The object of this paper is to examine the ICAC's anti-corruption strategies and what the ICAC will face in this transitional period. It will be argued that Hong Kong is not necessarily experiencing a rise in corruption in the Civil Service especially in the police force or other public sector agencies, but a change in its actual nature, "get-rich-quick" syndrome, to earn fast money for migration; unsurge of corruption practices from public to local syndicated private sectors especially involved in cross-border trade and economic activities. By continuing to apply the basic assumption and strategies, there would be a potential threat of developing a radically misinformed, even corrupt, perspective on the recent rise in corruption cases especially started from the early 1990 's. An attempt is thus made in this analysis to examine some institutional, political, social and cultural features of this new wave of corruption and argue that corruption is still a social evil with the 'marketisation' and 'corporatisation' of public services.

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