Why extravagance in Chinese government persists
“No government in the world has ever conducted so many political campaigns against official extravagance as the Chinese government,” Ting Gong and Hanyu Xiao write in a new article for Governance. But the problem of lavish spending on dining and drinking, lodging and transport by local government officials persists. To understand why, the authors conducted 65 in-depth interviews with officials in major Chinese cities. Their study reveals the “intricate weave of interinstitutional and interpersonal” pressures that shape the behavior of local officials. The findings help to explain the roots of persistent corruption “in societies where corruption is not only a fact of life but a way of living.” Read the article.