China´s Elite Politics

ASIA FORUM with Dr. Bo Zhiyue

Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute National University of Singapore

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 10:00-11:30

Despite of the high profile of China as a rising power in the international arena, China’s elite politics remains a black box. Academic efforts have been made to open this box, yet with limited success. In this talk, Dr. Bo Zhiyue, a leading scholar on China’s political elites and elite politics, will introduce a new theoretical framework on elite politics in China, highlight major characteristics of China’s political elites, and project the future development of China’s elite politics.

Dr. Bo Zhiyue is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Peking University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St. John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a recipient of the Trustees’ Distinguished Scholar Award at St. John Fisher College and the inaugural holder of the Joe and Theresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University.  His research interests include China’s elite politics, Chinese provincial leaders, central-local relations, cross-strait relations, and Sino-American relations. He is the author of a trilogy on Chinese political elites and elite politics: Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (M. E. Sharpe, 2002); China’s Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (World Scientific, 2007); and China’s Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (World Scientific, 2009).

Location: ISDP, Västra Finnbodavägen 2, Stockholm-Nacka. For a map and directions, please go here.

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