The Centralisation of the Chinese Communist Party’s Campaign against Corruption and Its Implications

Fung CHAN, Biyang SUN

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Following the initiation of the policy of ‘Reform and Open Door’, the possibilities for public officials to trade power for private gain in China increased. To tackle the problem of corruption, different levels of Discipline Inspection Commissions (DICs) in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated investigation related to various corruption cases. However, due to the nature of the administrative set-up in China, the local DICs could not effectively carry out their functions. As a result, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) was compelled to take on a bigger role, including controlling personnel appointments in local DICs and dispatching inspection teams to local jurisdictions. This strategy also enabled the central government and the top leadership of the CCP to build up a positive image with respect to fighting corruption. Nevertheless, the discretionary power of the top party leaders that has been enhanced through these centralisation measures leads to doubts over the real motives behind the CCP’s anti-corruption efforts. In March 2018, the National Supervision Commission (NSC) was established as the highest governmental anti-corruption agency, but more time is needed to judge the effectiveness of this new institution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-420
Number of pages18
JournalChina Report
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Anti-corruption
  • Central Roving Inspection Teams
  • Discipline Inspection Commissions
  • National Supervision Commission


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