What's Wrong with Corruption? Messages from Confessions in China

Seminar/Forum

What's Wrong with Corruption? Messages from Confessions in China

Room 608, Level 6
Melbourne Law School

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This seminar relates to the speaker's article which is primarily based on contextualized discourse analysis of confessions from 119 convicted party cadres on corruption charges in China.

The article makes two arguments. First, these confession texts are propaganda that signals the government’s strength to punish outliers. Second, using such a warning to deter corruption is subject to an escalating scale of corruption given social pressure for success and peer learning among grafters. The article contributes to the scholarship of corruption by suggesting possible mechanisms of endogenous reproduction of corruption within the officialdom. It also presents confession as a new type of information communication among political elites for studies of authoritarian regimes.

Presenter

  • Associate Professor Juan Wang
    Associate Professor Juan Wang, Associate Professor