Relationship between collectivism and corruption in American and Chinese books: A historical perspective

Yongshuai Li, Xuyun Tan, Zhenwei Huang, Li Liu
Published Online:
13 Jul 2017
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 54 Issue 2

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Previous research on the relationship between collectivism and corruption has not investigated their co‐variation over time. In this study, we use Google Ngram Viewer to track the frequency of words related to collectivism and corruption in American books (1800–2000) and in Chinese Books (1970–2008). The results demonstrate that a positive association between the usage of these terms during the periods in both Chinese and American books, with changes in words related to collectivism preceding changes in words related to corruption in American books. The theoretical and practical implications are also discussed.

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