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September 27, 2012

Fall 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Andrew Wedeman

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Andrew Wedeman
Professor of Political Science
Georgia State University

Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China

October 2, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The political economy of post-Mao China confronts us with a combination of rapid growth and rising corruption that appear to contradict the conventional wisdom that corruption reduces or retards economic development. In this talk, Professor Wedeman argues that this combination has been possible because rising corruption is a dynamic response to economic reforms that have created vast amounts of new value and transferred much of that value from the state to the economy. As such, reform has created the windfall profits that are at the core of high level corruption in contemporary China.

Professor Wedeman is currently a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994 and was a member of the Political Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1994 to 2012. He is the author of two books on the political economy of post-Mao China: From Mao to Market: Rent Seeking, Local Protectionism, and Marketization in China (Cambridge 2003) and Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China(Cornell 2012), as well as articles on corruption, central-local relations, and the development of market forces in China. His current research focuses the relationship between corruption, other forms of abuse of official authority, and mass unrest.

Posted by zzhu at September 27, 2012 10:24 PM