Study Group on Governance in China

Chair: Arnold Kanter
Staff: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
October 1, 1998 - April 1, 1999

To date there has been no examination of the implications and opportunities involved in the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) political transition for either the success of China’s economic reform program or overall U.S. interests. The foreign policy community in the United States needs a more complete picture of the evolving social and political dynamics that will ultimately shape the China that emerges in the 21st century. This group filled in this gap by examining the political reforms underway in the PRC, their implications for the success of economic reforms, and the opportunities for U.S. actors (government, business, and NGOs) to influence this process. Topics explored included: grassroots democracy, center-provincial relations, the evolution of the rule of law, the People’s Liberation Army and nationalism, and the rise of the entrepreneurial and middle classes. Elizabeth Economy’s analysis from the study group proceedings was the foundation for an article, titled "Reforming China," that was published in the journal Survival (Autumn 1999).

Meetings

National Program Meeting

Study Group on Governance in China (Atlanta)

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National Program Meeting

Study Group on Governance in China (Los Angeles)

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National Program Meeting

Study Group on Governance in China (Chicago)

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The Realpolitik of China's Elite

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Central-Provincial-Local Relations: The Nature of State Control

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Reforming the Legal System

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Reforming the State Economy: SOEs and Banks

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Making the State Work: The Challenge of Bureaucratic and PLA Reform

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The Chinese State in Transition: Reform of the Chinese Communist Party

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