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Judicial Paradox in Spontaneous Anti-Corruption: The Study of Chiang Kai-shek’s Decree of Eradicating Corruption in 1936

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DOI: 10.25236/iwass.2020.046


Yongming Chen

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Yongming Chen


On March 10,1936, Chiang Kai-shek, President of Chinese National Government, ordered all the departments to eradicate corruptions, which immediately arose hot report among public media. In this decree, the judicial rules of Severe Penal Codes and Deterrence played important roles and was inherited in other special anti-corruption laws. But the decree was only efficient in a short time and failed in restraining the tide of corruption. This paper, after an integrated study of the decree's background, content and implementation, finds that it is a judicial paradox.


Chiang kai-shek, Decree of eradicating corruption, Judicial paradox