Over the last decade, China has gone from high rates of economic growth with private sector participation to state crackdowns on business and slowing growth, if not economic stagnation or crisis. Prof. Rithmire will draw on her research on relationships between the private sector and the party-state to explain the long history of capitalism and capitalists in China, and discuss what can be gained from comparing China's political economy. Is China like Japan, bound for decades of macroeconomic stagnation, or like Suharto's Indonesia, one economic crisis away from dissolution?
This hybrid seminar will be given by Meg Rithmire, F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School.Lunch will be served for those joining us in person in Rubenstein 414AB. Others should register to join us remotely via Zoom. M-RCBG will be giving away a copy of Prof. Rithmire's most recent book, Precarious Ties: Business and the State in Authoritarian Asia, to five in-person attendees.This event is being co-sponsored by the Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia. M-RCBG welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs. Live captioning will be provided via Zoom. To request accommodations or ask questions about access provided, please email email@example.com.
Speakers and Presenters
Meg Rithmire is a F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Rithmire holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, and her primary expertise is in the comparative political economy of development with a focus on China and Asia. Her first book, Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines the role of land politics, public finance, and and real estate in the Chinese economic reforms. A new book, Precarious Ties: Business and the State in Authoritarian Asia (Oxford University Press, 2023) compares state-business relations and financial liberalization in China, Malaysia, and Indonesia from the early 1980s to the present. Related work concerns the role of the Chinese Communist Party in China’s political economy, and trade and investment conflict between China and the United States. Her work has been published in International Security, World Politics, the China Quarterly, and Politics & Society, among other scholarly journals, and her commentary has appeared in The Atlantic and the Washington Post.
Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia.