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The Politics of Corruption: A Critical Examination of the Anticorruption Strategy in Contemporary China

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Edouard Fayard

University of Bath, GB
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Final year Politics and International Relations Student at the University of Bath.
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The issue of corruption and the subsequent anti-corruption efforts have occupied Chinese politics from the Imperial to Republican eras. China’s latest anti-corruption campaign, launched by Xi Jinping to crack down on both ‘tigers’ and ‘flies’ and resolve the ‘unhealthy corruption problem’, represents the most thoroughgoing and long-lasting anti-corruption effort in Chinese history, thus leading to the gradual emergence of a culture of surveillance based on a discourse of ‘catharsis’ and the creation of a state of emergency. This essay, thus, investigates the politicized nature of this new anti-corruption campaign through the application of the ‘Politics of Censure’ and ‘State of Exception’. Through this framework this essay first argues that the campaign cannot be simply understood as a legitimate attempt at curbing corruption in China because of its continued role in ensuring elite support. Instead, it argues that the very term ‘anti-corruption’ is a misnomer – arguably a pretext – as this campaign’s primary objective is first and foremost regime survival by dismantling party factionalism. The consolidation of Xi’s own political power – which other scholars identify as the absolute goal of the campaign – has emerged as a secondary objective/ by-product of the anti-graft effort.
How to Cite: Fayard, E., 2022. The Politics of Corruption: A Critical Examination of the Anticorruption Strategy in Contemporary China. LSE Undergraduate Political Review, 5(1), pp.26–36.
Published on 27 Mar 2022.
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