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)

Commentator:

Kenneth A. Cutshaw

Panelists:

Mary Brown Bullock, Walter Massey

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy, Fellow, China Studies and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 30, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

National Program Meeting

Study Group on Governance in China (Los Angeles)

Commentators:

Yong Wang, Stanley Rosen

Panelist:

B. Boyd Hight

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy, Fellow, China Studies, and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 23, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

National Program Meeting

Study Group on Governance in China (Chicago)

Commentator:

Dali Yang

Panelist:

Stephen J. Del

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy, Fellow, China Studies, and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 15, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Study Group Meeting

The Realpolitik of China's Elite

Presider:

Elizabeth C. Economy

Panelist:

Arnold Kanter

Speaker:

Michel Oksenberg
February 18, 1999

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Study Group Meeting

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

Presider:

Arnold Kanter

Speakers:

Robert A. Pastor, Emory University, Yasheng Huang, Harvard University
February 10, 1999

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Study Group Meeting

Reforming the Legal System

Presider:

Elizabeth C. Economy

Panelist:

Arnold Kanter

Speakers:

Jerome A. Cohen, International Labor Rights Fund, Bama Athreya
January 21, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

Study Group Meeting

Reforming the State Economy: SOEs and Banks

Presider:

Elizabeth C. Economy

Panelist:

Arnold Kanter

Speakers:

Nicholas R. Lardy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward S. Steinfeld
December 3, 1998

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Study Group Meeting

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

Presider:

Elizabeth C. Economy

Panelist:

Arnold Kanter

Speakers:

James Mulvenon, RAND Corporation, Thomas Pixley, Pacific Rim Resources, Inc.
November 12, 1998

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Study Group Meeting

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

Presider:

Elizabeth C. Economy

Panelist:

Arnold Kanter

Speaker:

Bruce J. Dickson, George Washington University
October 20, 1998

This meeting is not for attribution.