Pacific Asian Lecture Series: Sino-Capitalism in the Xi Jinping Era

July 28, 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Business Administration (BUSAD) D-205/207 Add to Calendar

Pacific Asian Lecture Series:

The Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI) invites you to our Summer 2015 Pacific Asian Lecture Series (PALS)! All PALS lectures are FREE and open to the public. Advance RSVP not required.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

4:15-5:30 PM

Shidler College of Business BusAd D205/207

Topic: " Sino-Capitalism in the Xi Jinping Era "

Speaker: Dr. Christopher A. McNally FRGS

The new Chinese leadership cohort under Xi Jinping has initiated wide ranging changes to China’s economic, policy and business climate. There are at least five reform planks, including the forceful anti-corruption campaign, efforts to refurbish party-state control and improve legal rule, economic reforms, social reforms, and international policy initiatives to engender a Chinese renaissance (Silk Road; AIIB; Russia; etc.). This seminar will examine aspects of these new reform initiatives, arguing that they essentially reflect the dynamics of China’s emergent capitalism – Sino-capitalism. In fact, they follow Sino-capitalism’s basic logic of continuing forceful economic liberalization, while all along retaining and strengthening state control over crucial areas of socio-economic governance. The paradoxical nature of China’s economic and business climate thus continues to be reproduced: a state-guided form of capitalism is continuously adapted, in the process strengthening both private entrepreneurship and market forces.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Christopher A. McNally is a Professor of Political Economy at Chaminade University and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, USA. His research focuses on comparative capitalisms, especially the nature and logic of China’s capitalist transition and Sino-Capitalism. He is also working on a research project that studies the implications of China’s international reemergence on the global order.

He has held fellowships conducting fieldwork and research at the Asia Research Centre in West Australia, the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington. He has edited four volumes, including an examination of China’s political economy: China’s Emergent Political Economy – Capitalism in the Dragon’s Lair (Routledge, 2008). He also has authored numerous book chapters, policy analyses, editorials, and articles in journals such as Business and Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative Social Research, International Politics, and World the Principal of Central Planet Repair, LLC which is an environmental and geosciences consulting firm with offices in Hawaii and Singapore. He has twenty five years of experience in environmental consulting at large and small firms including his own. He received his MS in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and BS in Geological Sciences from Salem State College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Beverages will be served following the lecture in the same room from 5:30–6:15 PM. Street parking and visitor-paid parking is available. Please refer to the link for more information:

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