This course sets forth as its dual goals to (1) critically evaluate different approaches, theories, and comparative dimensions of corruption; and 2) discover new knowledge about the connection and mutual impact between corruption and other salient issues confronting public administration and management, with relevance to China (and Asia) in particular.
Specifically, the course aims to critically analyze the various dimensions of corruption: its definitions, causes, patterns, consequences, and controlling strategies. It also explores new ideas and perspectives about corruption in the broad context of its relationships with democracy, public governance, administration and management, policy making and implementation, market development, and social values. Special attention will be paid to the Hong Kong experience and the ICAC model in fighting corruption. Corruption, thus, serves as the lens through which we can gain innovative approaches to other political and social problems.