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Whither Socialism with Chinese Characteristics?

13 May 2021 17.00 - 18.30
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Virtual seminar

Dr David Lane, Emeritus Reader in Sociology and Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, and former Professor of Sociology, University of Birmingham, will deliver a lecture on socialism and China. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Unlike the European post-socialist countries, China has made spectacular advances consequent on its economic reforms and the transition to a state-led market economy. It has done so under the banner of ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’. The lecture will outline what China’s leaders understand by this phrase. It will consider the tensions between the objective of moving to socialism within the context of a market system, between plan and market, between private and public property. Alternative interpretations, sometimes labelled ‘political capitalism’, will be considered. The impact of destatisation will be discussed in relation to the rising levels of inequality and to a slowing down of human development. The lecture will conclude by posing a number of scenarios for future developments. 

Dr David Lane was educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities. Currently, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and a visiting professor at Peking University. He has written extensively on the USSR and post-socialism, Marxism and socialism, industrial societies and the world economy, elites and classes. Recent publications include: Changing Regional Alliances for China and the West (With G. Zhu) (2018); The Eurasian Project in Global Perspective (2016); (with V. Samokhvalov) The Eurasian Project and Europe (2015); Elites and Identity in the Transformation of State Socialism (2014); The Capitalist Transformation of State Socialism (2014). Recent articles have been published in Critical Sociology, The Third World Quarterly, International Critical Thought and Mir Rossii.  

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, cover a broad range of topics and disciplines.


This is a virtual seminar. Attendance is free. Advance booking is required by emailing:  Priority will be given to members of Jesus College and the University of Cambridge. 


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