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October 14, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Melanie Manion

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Managed Representation for Authoritarian Rule: Congresses with Constituents, Constituents without Congresses in China

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

October 26, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

For decades, congresses of elected representatives in China have been dismissed as rubber stamp legislatures, but they have become real political players in recent years. Their new assertiveness presents a puzzle as it was set in motion by rules designed and promoted by authoritarian rulers in Beijing. How can rules that empower elected representatives strengthen authoritarianism? Professor Manion draws on qualitative evidence and original survey data to answer this question, illuminating core features of Chinese "authoritarian resilience."

Melanie Manion is Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her current appointment, she was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester, where she taught for ten years. She studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in 1978-80, and her research on Chinese politics has taken her regularly to mainland China since the mid-1980s. Her previous work analyzes Chinese bureaucratic politics, grassroots electoral democratization, and the political economy of good governance. Her current project investigates representation by asking how newly assertive local Chinese congresses navigate their agency relationships with the communist party and ordinary constituents.

She is the recipient of numerous research awards, most recently from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. Publications include Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (co-edited, Cambridge, 2010), Corruption by Design: Building Clean Government in Mainland China and Hong Kong (Harvard, 2004), Retirement of Revolutionaries in China: Public Policies, Social Norms, Private Interests (Princeton, 1993), and articles in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, China Quarterly, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. She is an award-winning teacher.

Posted by zzhu at October 14, 2010 10:19 PM