Geographically Uneven Landscapes of Asian Corruption

  • Barney WarfEmail author
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 125)


This chapter explores the geography of corruption across Asia (minus the Middle East). It begins by exploring its spatiality, noting the enormous range, including some of the world’s most and least corrupt countries. It maps corruption scores, summarizes public perceptions, bribery rates, and summarizes correlations. The third part turns to national variations, including severely corrupt states such as North Korea, Bangladesh, Central Asia, and the intermittent role of the resource curse. It then offers case studies of Pakistan, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia, noting that the drivers of corruption vary widely. The conclusion notes that while Asian anti-corruption campaigns have had mixed successes and failures, the long-term remedy involves structural changes in societies and governance.


Asia Pakistan India China South Korea Philippines Indonesia 


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