A Public Lecture by Minxin Pei
3:00–4:30 p.m., UC Irvine School of Law, LAW 3750 (Directions)
Collusion has become a prominent feature in corruption involving government officials and private businessmen. This phenomenon did not exist in the 1980s but is now prevalent. Roughly a third to two thirds of all corruption cases reported by selected localities are cases of collusion. This study investigates the causes of collusive corruption and attempts to identify its key dynamics and consequences. By examining 50 published cases of corruption involving multiple officials and businessmen, the study provides valuable insights into how China's political and economic elites engage in illicit collaboration to enrich themselves in a crony capitalist system.
Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker '72 Professor of Government and directs the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Pei has published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, Fortune.com, Nikkei Asian Review, many scholarly journals and edited volumes. He is the author of three books: China’s Crony Capitalism: Dynamics of Regime Decay (forthcoming, 2016); China's Trapped Transition: The limits of developmental autocracy (2006) and From Reform to Revolution: The demise of communism in China and the Soviet Union (1994), all published by Harvard University Press.