Discourses of Corruption: The Contest Between Different Authorities

  • Shaoying Zhang
  • Derek McGhee
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter will examine participants’ views on the corruption and anti-corruption crackdown in China. As will be demonstrated, the configuration of knowledge on corruption is a rather complicated process, in which officials use legal, moral, economic and political discourses (or a mixture of them) to depict the enemies of the Party as “corrupt.” We will examine the various tensions that exist in the relationships between the public and private, moral and legal, top and bottom, tradition and modern, which in combination form the discourse on corruption.


Party Member Private Gain Corrupt Behaviour Corrupt Official Guanxi Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaoying Zhang
    • 1
  • Derek McGhee
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Social Policy, CriminologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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