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

Study Group on Governance in China (Atlanta)

Speaker: Elizabeth C. Economy, Fellow, China Studies and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Panelists: Mary Brown Bullock, Walter Massey
Commentator: Kenneth A. Cutshaw
March 30, 1999

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Study Group on Governance in China (Los Angeles)

Speaker: Elizabeth C. Economy, Fellow, China Studies, and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Panelist: B. Boyd Hight
Commentators: Stanley Rosen, Yong Wang
March 23, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

Study Group on Governance in China (Chicago)

Speaker: Elizabeth C. Economy, Fellow, China Studies, and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Panelist: Stephen J. Del
Commentator: Dali Yang
March 15, 1999

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The Realpolitik of China's Elite

Speaker: Michel Oksenberg
Panelist: Arnold Kanter
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy
February 18, 1999

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

Speakers: Yasheng Huang, Harvard University, Robert A. Pastor, Emory University
Presider: Arnold Kanter
February 10, 1999

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Reforming the Legal System

Speakers: Bama Athreya, Jerome A. Cohen, International Labor Rights Fund
Panelist: Arnold Kanter
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy
January 21, 1999

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Reforming the State Economy: SOEs and Banks

Speakers: Nicholas R. Lardy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward S. Steinfeld
Panelist: Arnold Kanter
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy
December 3, 1998

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

Speakers: James Mulvenon, RAND Corporation, Thomas Pixley, Pacific Rim Resources, Inc.
Panelist: Arnold Kanter
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy
November 12, 1998

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

Speaker: Bruce J. Dickson, George Washington University
Panelist: Arnold Kanter
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy
October 20, 1998

This meeting is not for attribution.