Public sector innovation, e‐government, and anticorruption in China and India: Insights from civil servants

Alfred M. WU, Yifei YAN, Lina VYAS

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Australian Journal of Public Administration published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-385
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Volume79
Issue number3
Early online dateJul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Citation

Wu, A. M., Yan, Y., & Vyas, L. (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. doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12439

Keywords

  • Anticorruption
  • China
  • E-government
  • India
  • Public sector innovation
  • Qualitative research

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