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Is corruption an inevitable part of the transition to a free-market economy? Yan Sun here examines the ways in which market reforms in the People's Republic of China have shaped corruption since 1978 and how corruption has in turn shaped those reforms. She suggests that recent corruption is largely a byproduct of post-Mao reforms, spurred by the economic incentives and structural opportunities in the emerging marketplace. Sun finds that the steady retreat of the state has both increased mechanisms for cadre misconduct and reduced disincentives against it.

Chinese disciplinary offices, law enforcement agencies, and legal professionals compile and publish annual casebooks of economic crimes. The cases, processed in the Chinese penal system, represent offenders from party-state agencies at central and local levels as well as state firms of varying sizes and types of ownership. Sun uses these casebooks to illuminate the extent and forms of corruption in the People's Republic of China. Unintended and informal mechanisms arising from corruption may, she finds, take on a life of their own and undermine the central state's ability to implement its developmental policies, discipline its staff, enforce its regulatory infrastructure, and fundamentally transform the economy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. Yan Sun
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: The Transition to the Market and Corruption
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. The Phenomenology of Reform-era Corruption: Categories, Distribution, and Perpetrators
  2. pp. 26-52
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  1. 2. Between Officials and Citizens: Transaction Types of Corruption
  2. pp. 53-86
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  1. 3. Between Officials and the Public Coffer: Nontransaction Types of Corruption
  2. pp. 87-119
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  1. 4. Between the State and Localities:The Regional Dynamics of Corruption
  2. pp. 120-157
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  1. 5. Between the State and Officials: The Decline of Disincentives against Corruption
  2. pp. 158-191
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  1. 6. Conclusion: The Transition to the Market and Post-Socialist Corruption
  2. pp. 192-216
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  1. Appendixes
  1. 1. Casebooks Used
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. 2. List of Periodicals Digested
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. 3. List of Worst Construction Failures
  2. pp. 223-224
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  1. 4. List of Worst Office Sellers
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. 5. List of Fallen Gamblers
  2. pp. 227-228
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  1. Chinese Language Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. English Language Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501729980
Related ISBN
9780801489426
MARC Record
OCLC
1080550338
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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