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Evidence-based policy-making for corruption prevention in Hong Kong: a bottom-up approach


  • Ian Scott
  • Ting Gong


Between 1976 and 1990, the Hong Kong government conducted an ambitious, and ultimately largely successful, campaign to change public attitudes towards corruption. Using a combination of publicity, survey research and extensive face-to-face civic engagement, the anti-corruption agency was able to devise a bottom-up approach for corruption prevention which provided policymakers with evidence to allocate resources in effective and targeted ways. This article draws on recently-released survey data and interviews with policymakers and officials to analyse the strengths and limitations of a bottom-up, evidence-based approach and to examine its implications for countries which are seeking more effective methods of corruption prevention.

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  • Ian Scott & Ting Gong, 2015. "Evidence-based policy-making for corruption prevention in Hong Kong: a bottom-up approach," Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(2), pages 87-101, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rapaxx:v:37:y:2015:i:2:p:87-101
    DOI: 10.1080/23276665.2015.1041222

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