China's multi-layered state capacity in the context of central-local relations
Professor Zhu Tianbiao will give a lecture on China's multi-layered state capacity in the context of central-local relations. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
How do we perceive and define state power and capacity in large countries like China?
Some scholars have characterised China’s development as ‘top-down state-led development with bottom-up entrepreneurial private capital accumulation’.
On the national level, no major social or business forces exist that are capable of seriously challenging the state authority. However, since it has long been argued that local development holds the key to China’s overall economic success, the real interaction of state and society occurs at the local level. In China, state-society relations comprise relations among the central government, local governments, and local social/business forces.
To study state capacities in China, it is critical not only to focus on policy areas, but also on the triple relations across policy areas. Professor Zhu will argue that it was the joint force of the international political-economic system and current reform process which produced a particular combination of strong despotic power and weak infrastructural power, that is to say the central state is only able to enforce policy priorities, and local government takes care of the day-to-day business of China’s development.
Zhu Tianbiao (B.Econ. Sydney, M.Phil. Cambridge, Ph.D. Cornell) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Executive Director for the Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences at Zhejiang University. Prior to this he held posts at the Australian National University, Tsinghua University and Peking University.
Professor Zhu's teaching and research interests include international and comparative political economy, and political economy of development.
This is one of the lectures in the on-going China Centre Seminar series, hosted by the China Centre, Jesus College. The lectures, given by eminent speakers, will cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.
Attendance is free and booking is not required.