China has undergone dramatic changes since the late 1970s, not just in terms of its economy, but also in its political and governance institutions. These transformations include: (1) the separation of state and society, and an accompanying expansion of the role of society; (2) decentralization and devolution within the state; (3) emerging checks and balances within the state and over the state by the people on a legal basis; (4) the institutionalization of limited terms of power and the peaceful transfer of power; (5) the reconfiguration of ideology whereby the concept of socialism, the mission of the party, as well as the legitimacy of the entire political system have been redefined; and (6) the growing independence of a citizenry with increasingly diverse values and life styles. The seminar will provide an overview of these trends, asking the important questions of how China and the world will respond to the accompanying opportunities and challenges brought by these various political dynamics.
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Lai Hairong, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics
- Monday, 19 January 2009
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road