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Public sector innovation, e-government, and anticorruption in China and India: insights from civil servants

Wu, Alfred M., Yan, Yifei ORCID: 0000-0003-2833-5972 and Vyas, Lina (2020) Public sector innovation, e-government, and anticorruption in China and India: insights from civil servants. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 79 (3). 370 - 385. ISSN 0313-6647

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-8500.12439


Both China and India are adopting information and communication technologies to facilitate openness and transparency in their governments, and hence reduce corruption. Distinctive from their traditional anticorruption approaches, is the innovative e-government approach an effective solution to corruption in these two large developing countries? This paper addresses the question through comparative in-depth interviews with 44 mid- or senior-level officials in the public sector in these two countries. The first study of its kind, our research shows that civil servants in both countries overall think positively about transparency and technology in reducing corruption. However, to what extent these innovative measures will be effective is conditional on various factors, such as political willingness, income inequality, and infrastructure readiness. What is worth noting is that the Chinese respondents were more positive regarding the role of transparency, whereas the Indian respondents were more positive about the role of technology, which may reflect the different facilitators of corruption and the constraints of anticorruption in China and India.

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Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 12:09
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 14:18

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