Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ellen E. Deason

Second Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gossman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The People's Republic of China (PRC) has struggled with corruption for decades. The PRC' s admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) has brought some hope to curtail corruption, but this alone has not eliminated corruption within the PRC. One reason for the prevalence of corruption within the PRC is the intertwined relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and judicial and government officials. The purpose of this Masters thesis is to evaluate whether the relationship between Chinese governmental bodies and the PRC's arbitration systems makes Chinese arbitration systems susceptible to corruption.

This study examines the PRC's arbitration systems' close nexus with the Chinese Communist Party and other Chinese governmental bodies. This study promises to advance our understanding of how corruption may affect both judicial and non-judicial systems.