China’s Political Economy under Xi Jinping

bozhiyueProfessor Bo Zhiyue

4:00pm – 5:30pm, 19 Aug 2015
Seminar Room A, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU, Canberra

In China, politics and economics are entwined. Politics have direct impact on the economy, and the economic performance has political implications. Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, China has entered a new era with distinctive characteristics in economic development and political dynamics. In contrast to the preceding decade of hypogrowth, Xi’s administration is faced with three major challenges: economic slowdown’ structural readjustment; and the discovery of new engines of growth. In the meantime, Chinese politics have also exhibited some new features: power concentration in one-man; a wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign; bureaucratic paralysis; and lack of qualified candidates for vacancies at various levels.

Professor BO Zhiyue, a leading authority on Chinese elite politics in the world, is Director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and Professor of Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Professor BO obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law in International Politics from Peking University and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

He has published more than 170 book chapters and articles and is the author of a trilogy on China’s elite politics, including Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (2002), China’s Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (2007), and China’s Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (2010). He is the winner of the “most quoted by Western media prize” on China’s leadership transition in 2012 and contributes to the Diplomat regularly.