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Institutional Congruence, Ideas, and Anticorruption Policy: The Case of China and the United States


Kaifeng Yang is associate professor and director of the master of public administration program in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University. His research focuses on citizen participation and public and performance management. He is the managing editor for Public Performance and Management Review.


While international comparisons of anticorruption policies abound, whether these policies are transferable and how they change inside national boundaries remain debatable. Kaifeng Yang of Florida State University proposes an institutional framework that emphasizes the role of congruence and ideas in institutional change. In comparing China to the United States, the author concludes that anticorruption institutional change is path dependent, as it is nested in fundamental political structures and meta-narratives. Professor Yang proposes the possibility that new ideas may cause gradual changes with radical results.