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September 10, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jean Oi

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Jean Oi (PhD, '83), Director, Stanford China Program; William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics, Department of Political Science; and Senior Fellow, FSI, Stanford University

Why Redistrict in a One-Party State? Administrative Re-Organization and Boundary Changes in Rural 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.

September 20, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In the face of the many new challenges of rural governance in a rapidly evolving political economy, China has embarked on an ambitious reorganization of the countryside, resettling villagers and creating new rural communities—the rural shequ. With this new form of organization and governance the state is rethinking who should get what public goods and what is the best way to deliver those goods. Based on recent fieldwork, Oi will discuss the logic, as well as the consequences of these changes. Who gains and who loses?

Jean C. Oi is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics in the Department of Political Science and a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. A Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, she joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. She directed Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies from 1998 to 2005. In 2007 Oi became the founding director of the Stanford China Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and leads Stanford’s China Initiative.

She has published extensively on China’s rural politics and political economy. Currently, she is writing on the remaking of the state owned enterprises. She also continues her research on rural finance and local governance in China and has started a new project on the logic of administrative redistricting in the Chinese countryside.

Her recent publications include “Shifting Fiscal Control to Limit Cadre Power in China's Towns and Villages,” (forthcoming, China Quarterly), Going Private in China: The Politics of Corporate Restructuring and System Reform, ed., (APARC-Brookings, 2011); and Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation (APARC-Brookings, 2010), co-edited with Scott Rozelle and Xueguang Zhou.

Posted by zzhu at September 10, 2011 07:26 PM