Political Science Homework

This essay assignment is about corruption issues in China. This is a topic that is at the center of Chinese politics, culture and economy.


The objective of this essay is twofold. The first is to learn something about Chinese culture and social relationships. Secondly, it is intended to reinforce a social scientific analytical skill. Recall from chapter 1 that one of things social scientists try to do is to draw out causal relationships. As was pointed out in the chapter, this is not an easy thing to do. At best, we can identify correlations and try to determine what the underlying causal dynamic truly is. In this assignment, the causal relationship is between corruption and Guanxi.You are not tasked to prove that such a relationship exist but simply to explore somewhat loosely the correlation between personal networking and high levels of corruption in China.


The essay is double spaced  and it has to be  2 pages in length. Also, you need to cite, at least, two sources. The textbook, wikipedia, google, yahoo are not sources. They are resources; therefore, do not cite them!


Citation references can take the following formats –

If you place them in the text, they should be incorporated in this way. According to John Smith (1999, p. 3) …. or Guanxi has led to individuals using personal contracts to curry favor with officials in return for bribes (Bauer, 2003, pp. 20-23). The full citation of the reference – book, article, newspaper source is placed at the end of the paper as a bibliography. For example, John Smith 1999. Corruption in China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Or you can use footnotes. For example, According to John Smith, trade has …. resulted in increased dependency …[1] With the full citation in the footnote at the bottom of the page.

[1] John Smith 1999. Corruption. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 3.


How to cite newspaper, magazine or  journals articles


James Poniewozik, “TV Makes a Too-Close Call.” Time 20 Nov. 2000: 70-71.

Bill Brubaker, “New Health Center Targets County’s Uninsured Patients.” Washington Post 24 May 2000.

Alanda Beats,  “Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi’s Bashai Tudu.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 15.1 (1996): 41-50

Junge Wolfgang and Nathan Nelson. “Nature’s Rotary Electromotors.” Science 29 Apr. 2005: 642-44. Science Online. Web. 5 Mar. 2009.

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