Jinghao Zhou, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures, is the author of an issue-leading article, “Anticorruption and Building a Harmonious Society” published in the Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Fall 2006): pp.1-25.
During his research projects in China, Zhou has found that corruption has become a serious problem in every sphere of Chinese society in the post-Mao era, and remains a sensitive topic in mainland China. Only around 30 articles on corruption were published in Chinese publications from 2003 to 2005. Moreover, the prevalent opinion of scholars is that corruption derives from the economic reform movement and market system, and insists that China’s corruption has nothing to do with the Chinese political system.
The Communist Party of China has placed “building a harmonious society” at the top of its work agenda. Zhou’s paper argues that corruption seriously threatens the process of building a harmonious society, and the primary source of corruption is not the reform movement and market economy, but the current political system.
According to Zhou, the one-party system makes it easy for higher level officials to establish a network to conduct corrupt activities, unavoidably attract Chinese officials of low quality, enable Chinese officials to pursue self-interests by using their power and disturb the current monitoring system, making the Chinese legal system dysfunctional.
Zhou, who joined the faculty in 2001, is also the author of “Remaking China’s Public Philosophy and Chinese Women’s Liberation” (2006) and “Remaking China’s Public Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century” (2003).
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