Youths’ Views on corruption control in China : Politics and social censure

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1498-1521
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number12
Online published9 Sept 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


It has been asserted that criminal law and common morality are not sufficient terms to describe specific behaviors as corruption because those in power have the capacity to include or exclude certain behavior as a category in the law. Thus, corruption should not be just treated as an objective behavioral category but as a form of social censure. This article reports on a quantitative and qualitative study that collected the views of Chinese youth on the control of corruption in China. It was found that they agreed with the moral-negative judgements behind the censure of corruption, and that bureaucratic forces can be mobilised to punish the corrupt and degrade their status. Mediation analysis discovered that political functions mediate the association between the moral-negative nature and bureaucratic form of the censure of corruption and status degradation of the censured. © The Author(s) 2012.

Research Area(s)

  • China, corruption, mediation, politics, social censure, youth