- Global Careers
Ling Chen is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy. Before joining the school's faculty, she was a Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and Rajawali Fellow at the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School. Her research interests lie in comparative politics and political economy of development in China and East Asia, especially the political origins of economic policies and government-business relations. Her works have appeared in New Political Economy, Politics & Society, Review of International Political Economy, and The China Journal. Chen was recognized as the Emerging Diversity Scholar by the University of Michigan. Her research has received support from institutions such as the Social Science Research Council (Andrew Mellon Foundation), Institute for Humane Studies, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University.
Chen's current book project examines the local politics of making and implementing industrial policy in China under the conditions of globalization and decentralization. Especially, the manuscript explores how the earlier promotion of foreign direct investment and exports cultivated fragmented coalitions within the city bureacracy and influenced the effectiveness of development policies in the current period. She also has ongoing research papers on tax incentives and mobility at the firm level and the political incentives of taxation at the city level of China. Chen's second book project examines the paradoxical relationship between capitalism and democracy in China.
Chen teaches courses on comparative politics, China's political economy, and development strategies in East Asia. For information, please visit her website.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, most developing countries tried various ways to promote economic growth, but few managed to catch up with developed countries. The East Asian countries were exceptions, and their success and development strategies were studied, analyzed and debated in academic and policy circles. This course examines and compares development strategies in East Asia within domestic and global contexts through four sections. The first section investigates the individual cases of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore in the context of the rise of developmental states. This section focuses on government-business relations, institutions, and policies that influence the choices and outcomes of their development strategies. The second section engages students in a cross-regional perspective by comparing East Asian countries within and beyond their own region, with special attention to why certain development strategies work in some political and economic contexts but not others. The third section examines the case of China against the East Asian development model, discussing the domestic and international contexts that led to China’s distinctive trajectory. The fourth section places the East Asian development model within the context of globalization. It draws attention to the challenges that globalization brought to state-led development strategies, especially after the Asian financial crisis. It also discusses the distinctive role of these countries in global production networks as well as regional integration through mutual trade and investment. The course aims to facilitate understanding of the development policies in East Asia both in terms of specific contexts and in a cross-regional perspective.