Jane Duckett (Glasgow)
Previous research has portrayed China’s 21st century social policies as the result of either leaders’ factional power plays, rational problem solving, or attempts to reduce rural unrest. This talk examines these explanations and finds little support for factional explanations and straightforward rational problem solving. Concerns about rural unrest played a role in getting rural social policies on the agenda, but on their own were unable to get backing for funded programs. International factors – events and organizations – and interpretations of them also played important roles. The talk will conclude that China’s international engagement has had profound effects on domestic policy making and that there is a need to take account of international and ideational influences in models of Chinese policy making.
Jane Duckett is Edward Caird Chair of Politics, International Dean (East Asia), and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research at the University of Glasgow. In 2012 she received the Lord Provost of Glasgow Education Award. In 2014 she was elected President of the British Association for Chinese Studies. In 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Prof Duckett's early research on the Chinese state under market reform included a book-length study, The Entrepreneurial State in China (Routledge, 1998). It explained state business activities as the outcome of fiscal and staffing constraints on officials in an institutional context of poorly defined property rights. Jane also (with colleague Bill Miller) made a comparative study of public attitudes to openness in East Asia and Eastern Europe, published as The Open Economy and its Enemies (CUP, 2006). Her current research is concerned with the politics of China’s social policy making and implementation.
04.12.2017 | 18:00
Neubau "Holzlaube", Room 2.2051