This lecture and open discussion will address the economic rise of China, starting with the economic reforms of the 1980s, through the era of globalization to today. The first half will explore China’s unique transition from state socialism to a mixed economy (by contrasting it with Russia’s failed transition). The second half will address how China’s entry into the global economy and changes in global capitalism simultaneously enable and constrain Chinese development. The talk will also address the contentious trade relationship between the U.S. and China.
Mark Dallas is assistant professor of political science and Asian studies at Union College in New York. In 2013-14, He was the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He has also been a visiting scholar at the School of Government at Beijing University and the Shandong Institute of East Asian Studies in Jinan, China. His work has been funded by a Fulbright fellowship, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the National Security Education Program, the Blakemore Foundation, among many other smaller grants. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching focus is on international and comparative political economy and development, China and the East Asian region, industrial and other policy fields, and the intersection of “big data” and qualitative research methods.