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Published online: March 1, 2016

Home Countries and Transnational Bribery: China's Changing Approach

Ciprian N. Radavoi & Yongmin Bian
University of International Business and Economics
10 Huixin East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, P.R. China
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In 1999, Professor Philip Nichols argued that FCPA-style home country laws are efficient in combating transnational bribery, unlike host country regulation and corporate self-regulation. Observing feeble results obtained in 15 years of OECD Anti-bribery Convention, we find arguments for amending this assertion; home countries, aside from enforcing their own laws banning foreign bribery, should reconsider the classical ways of fighting transnational corruption, by helping host governments in their anti-corruption efforts and by encouraging their own corporations to join international dialogic webs. After presenting an original analysis of the reasons behind the limited impact of FCPA-style action, we then further arguments for the two alternative solutions backed by home states, looking respectively at the spectacular results of the anti-corruption campaign in Romania with US support, and at China's recent position that her corporations should adhere to international private standards on foreign bribery.

Keywords : Business Ethics, China, FCPA, International Bribery, OECD, Transnational Corruption.

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