“The Fight against corruption: The role of civil society in global governance“

Event: Society and Politics

Lecture event by Prof. Peter Eigen, Founder of the non-governmental organization Transparency International (TI).

Photo: Presentation and Discussions with Prof. Peter Eigen

Until the late 1990s, corruption abroad was prevalent and widely tolerated within the German business community. Only an independent initiative by the civil society and Transparency International, in cooperation with the German economy, led to the prohibition of bribery abroad.

Further international agreements such as the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention of 1997 and the UN Convention against Corruption of 2003 were merely adopted with the help and effort of the civil society. Consequently, one can speak of a “magic triangle” of Good Governance Actors, consisting of cooperation between governments, companies and the civil society.

Since president Xi Jinping’s assumption of office, anti-corruption has been a central and popular topic in China. Themed as the “Equal fight against tigers and flies”, anti-corruption campaigns do not only target local but also high-ranking and prominent party officials.

Especially at the municipal level anti-corruption is of greatest importance since close ties between local governments and businesses leave cities very exposed to fraud and abuse of the administration. However, these connections also allow productive cooperation among different actors to fight corruption.

From October 8th to 11th 2014, Prof. Peter Eigen, founder of the non-governmental organization Transparency International, visited FES Shanghai. During various lecture and discussion rounds, Prof. Eigen presented efficient measures to prevent corruption and introduced relevant actors to reach this goal. Meanwhile, the event focused on anti-corruption campaigns at the local level and stressed the important role of an independent civil society.

The lectures took place in the facilities of the Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), the Fudan University, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), the Shanghai Institutes of Administrative Law and the Shanghai Administration Institute.

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