Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss trends in China’s development of domestic policies

How does globalization influence domestic development policies and the allocation of government resources in an authoritarian country like China?
A new study by Ling Chen, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy, finds that government support of domestic upgrades in Chinese municipalities is often shaped by the bureaucrat’s stance on economic transition in China, as well as self-interests including personal gains and business clients. These bureaucrats control the authority to grant government funding, tax breaks and other beneficial policies.
Chen’s study highlights the important role local governments and bureaucrats play in coordinating complicated relationships between foreign-invested and domestically-owned firms. Her research is based on comparative case studies, semi-structured interviews and newly compiled data from more than 240 cities.
The scholar is available to further discuss:

  • What are the different types of relationships between foreign firms, domestic firms and local bureaucrats in China’s manufacturing industries?
  • Which types of businesses will benefit – or suffer – from the upgraded domestic policies?
  • How will domestic businesses be promoted and operate under China’s “new era?”
  • What are the interests of local bureaucrats and how will they carry out these new domestic policies?
  • How do local bureaucratic coalitions direct foreign capital influence?

Chen’s research interests lie in comparative politics, Chinese politics, and political economy of China and East Asia – specifically the political origins of economic policies and government-business relations. Before joining Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2015, she was a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and Rajawali Fellow at the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School. She received her PhD in political science from The Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in The China Journal, New Political Economy, Politics & Society, Review of International Political Economy, and World Development. Her forthcoming book is titled Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China (Stanford University Press).
Read more: Grounded Globalization: Foreign Capital and Local Bureaucrats in China’s Economic Transformation
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Friday, December 1, 2017