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Florence Mok
University of York Revisiting Anti-Corruption Movements and the Formation of the ICAC


28 Mar 2019

4:30 p.m.
4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



Using under-exploited archival evidence on corruption from the National Archives in London and the Public Record Office in Hong Kong, this paper provides the first comprehensive study of anti-corruption social movements. It establishes the relationship between a number of anti-corruption campaigns in the early 1970s and the formation of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 1974. It argues that legislative and institutional changes were responses to shifting public sentiments. It also deconstructs Hong Kong’s political culture before and after the formation of the ICAC, measuring the success of the colonial state's reforms.


Florence Mok is a graduate of the University of Durham and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of York. Her doctoral research examines state-society relations in British Hong Kong in the 1970s.


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