Pardee Center to Host Conference on China’s Future

Where is China Headed?
Pardee Center Conference: Where is China Headed?

Conference reports available here and here. Videos of conference panels and keynote address available here.

An international group of distinguished China scholars will gather at Boston University in early December for a conference titled "Three Decades of Reform and Opening: Where is China Headed?"

Sponsored by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the conference will take place Monday, December 8 at the Rafik Hariri Building (BU School of Management, 4th Floor) from 8.30AM to 5.30PM. (Map and Directions here).

The conference is being organized by Professor Joseph Fewsmith, a Pardee Center Faculty Fellow and a Professor at BU’s Departments of International Relations and Political Science. Fewsmith is an expert on China and the author of four books about the country, including most recently China Since Tiananmen: The Politics of Transition (Cambridge University Press).

The conference will include sessions on China’s economy, social order and politics as well as its health care, energy and environmental systems. The Lunch session will include a Keynote Address by Amb. Stapleton Roy and remarks by BU President Robert A. Brown.

Participation in the conference is open, but seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Pardee Center at to reserve a space.

Papers presented at the conference will later be edited into a book.

All inquiries related to the conference may be directed to The Pardee Center or directly to Prof. Joseph Fewsmith.

Three Decades of Reform and Opening:
Where Is China Headed?

Coffee, Continental Breakfast – 8:00-8:30

Adil Najam, Director, Pardee Center
Joseph Fewsmith, Conference Chair

POLITICS: 8:45-10:15
Chair and Discussant: John Gerring
Min YeHow China Joined the Capitalist World through Foreign Direct Investment? Social Network Approach to China’s Economic Reform
Joseph FewsmithThe Challenge of Maintaining a One-Party State
Yawei LiuChina’s Elusive Quest for Choice: From the Qingxian Model to the Guiyang Experiment
Jiantao RenIdeology in Contemporary China

Break: 10:15-10:30

SOCIAL ORDER: 10:30-11:45
Chair and Discussant: Richard Norton
Elizabeth PerryPopular Protest in Contemporary China: Playing by the Rules
Robert Weller and Sun YanfeiPower of the Periphery: The Dynamics of Religious Growth and Change in Contemporary China
Jamie HorsleyProgress and Paradox: The Limits of Legal Reform in China

Remarks by David K. Campbell, Provost, Boston University
Keynote Address by Amb. Stapleton Roy,
Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore (1984-86), China (1991-95) and Indonesia (1996-99).

Chair and Discussant: Kevin Gallagher
Barry NaughtonGrowth in China: From High-Speed to High-Quality
Sebastian HeilmannAuthoritarian Upgrading? The Innovative Potential of China’s Economic Governance
Carl RiskinIncome inequality

Break: 3:15-3:30

Chair and Discussant: Robert Kaufmann
Yongnian ZhengChina’s central-local relations: How they constrain political changes
Yuanli LiuReforming Chinas Health Care System: The Balancing Act
Edward CunninghamThe Energy Sector
Joanna LewisChina’s Environment

Joseph Fewsmith, Conference Chair
Adil Najam, Director, Pardee Center