Evidence-based policy-making for corruption prevention in Hong Kong: a bottom-up approach
Ian Scott and
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2015, vol. 37, issue 2, 87-101
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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