2014 LRCCS Annual Conference: Building State Capacity in China and Beyond, October 17-18

This conference brings together scholars who study China and regions beyond China to examine the central issue of state capacity building in the developing world. What are some new dimensions of state capacity building broadly in the twenty-first century and specifically in China, as the country ascends to a middle-income status? How do changes in political and bureaucratic structures influence economic development and vice-versa? How will growing corruption, expansion of law, and new methods of communication affect state power? How is the Chinese state adapting to new challenges of governance? Can existing theories of state building explain problems in China? In turn, how can China’s reform experience challenge and inform our understanding of state building in the developing world? McDowell Hall Room 1225 South Hall Michigan Law School 701 South State Street ▪ Ann Arbor, Michigan Free and open to the public.

This conference brings together scholars who study China and regions beyond China to examine the central issue of state capacity building in the developing world. What are some new dimensions of state capacity building broadly in the twenty-first century and specifically in China, as the country ascends to a middle-income status? How do changes in political and bureaucratic structures influence economic development and vice-versa? How will growing corruption, expansion of law, and new methods of communication affect state power? How is the Chinese state adapting to new challenges of governance? Can existing theories of state building explain problems in China? In turn, how can China’s reform experience challenge and inform our understanding of state building in the developing world?

McDowell Hall
Room 1225 South Hall
Michigan Law School
701 South State Street ▪ Ann Arbor, Michigan

Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 17, 2014 

9:00 am                      Welcome remarks

9:00 – 10:30 am        Theme (A): Dimensions of State Capacity Building 

Chair: John Padgett
Discussant: Jean Oi
Presenter: Stephen Krasner
Presenter: Eric Thun

10:30 – 10:45 am      Break

10:45 – 1:00 pm        Theme (B): Corruption & Anti-Corruption

Chair: Jean Oi
Discussant: Melanie Manion
Presenter: Edmund Malesky
Presenter: Yuhua Wang
Presenter: Dan Hough

1:00 – 2:30 pm          Break

2:30—3:25 pm          Address by Kenneth Lieberthal, followed by Q&A Session

                                  China's Reform Goals: Necessary Changes in State Capacity

3:25—3:30 pm          Break 

3:30—5:00 pm        Theme (C):  Dynamics of Ideas and Communication

Chair: Benjamin Van Rooji
Discussant: Vivienne Shue
Presenter: Andrew Mertha
Presenter: Danie Stockmann

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00–11:30 am             Theme (D):  Interaction of State & Market 

Chair: Arun Agrawal
Discussant: Barbara Stallings
Presenter: John Padgett
Presenter: Kellee Tsai
Presenter: Yuen Yuen Ang

11:30—1:00 pm      Break

1:00–3:15 pm          Theme (E): Law & State Capacity

Chair: Edmund Malesky
Discussant: Kathryn Hendley
Presenter: Mary Gallagher
Presenter: Nicholas Howson
Presenter: Benjamin Van Rooji

3:30—5:00 pm          Concluding Round-Table Discussion

Mary Gallagher (moderator)
Arun Agrawal (discussant)
Melanie Manion (discussant)
Vivienne Shue (discussant)
Barbara Stallings (discussant)