Contemporary Economics, Governance, and Law


Michael Pettis – blogs at China Financial Markets – Michael teaches in the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. His are the clearest-eyed western views on China macroeconomics. In particular, he argues for the importance of balance sheet considerations in thinking about GDP growth. Two big ideas – investment that cannot earn a return is a waste, and at some point, subtracts from GDP as a loss; and very high Chinese household savings is largely a function of low household share of GDP, rather than some superior ability in restraint. Most of Pettis’ ideas are available in wonderfully written blog posts, available now from his Carnegie Endowment site.


Stein Ringen - Professor emeritus at University of Oxford. Blog here   Sample work, his new book- The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century  Interview podcast is available here


Dali Yang - Professor of political science at University of Chicago, focuses on politics and political science in China   Personal blog   University site    Sample work - China’s Troubled Quest for Order: Leadership, Organization and the Contradictions of the Stability Maintenance Regime. Journal of Contemporary China. Volume 26, 2017 - Issue 103, Pages 35-53, Published online: September 5, 2016   China's Troubled Quest for Order


China Law Blog – the go-to site for avoiding being scammed, cheated, or driven out of business by your partner. Nothing better.   China Law Blog Sample posts –

Dan Harris. China Hostage Situation. Now IS A Good Time To Pay Your Debts. China Law Blog, July 22, 2009.  Now Is a Good Time to Pay Your Debts
Steve Dickinson. China Product Defects, Lawsuits, Hostage Taking and Exit Ban: Please, Please, Please Read This! . Please, Please Read This!   China law Blog, March 4, 2018

Dan Harris. How Not To Get Kidnapped In China, Part 2. Resolve Your Debt Problems Before You Go. China Law Blog, January 29, 2011.  How Not to Get Kidnapped in China


Wikipedia - Death of Shane Todd. This story describes the mysterious death of an American scientist, apparently unwilling to turn over stolen intellectual property to his Chinese company - Death of Shane Todd


Elizabeth Economy - Star senior fellow and Director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Writes on environmental and governance issues.  Her CV  Latest book The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, Oxford University Press, 2018 


Elizabeth Perry - scholar of Chinese history and politics at Harvard and director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute Harvard-Yenching Institute   Sample work - Chinese Conceptions of “Rights”: From Mencius to Mao – and Now. Perspectives on Politics, 6:1 March, 2008  Chinese Conceptions of 'Rights'


Carl Minzner – Professor of law at Fordham University. His expertise is in Chinese law and governance.  University site  Sample work –

China’s Turn Against Law American Journal of Comparative Law, 2011 Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-03-01  China's Turn Against Law
And an excerpt from his book, End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining its Rise China File, March 8, 2018    End of an Era


 The China Collection - International lawyers with interest in Chinese law and developments.  Carl Minzner, Don Clarke, Ling Li, Yu-Jie Chen among others. 




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