Peng Peng is a PhD candidate in political science department, Duke University. She studies state building in China and other countries. Her dissertation is about state building in Qing China. The project examines how rulers can craft state administrations to respond to diverse challenges to their rule. In addition to Qing Dynasty, she examines the trajectory of state building in People’s Republic of China. Her other projects feature political competition and state building in Great Britain and Japan. Methodologically, she uses a combination of statistical methods and archival research. For more information, please visit her personal website: www.peng-peng.org
EAST 414, PLSC 373
State Building in China and Beyond
One of the most critical developments in the world system over the last few decades has been the rise of China. Existing state-building theories emphasize the role of warfare and industrialization in explaining why some states are strong. However, these factors are insufficient to explain the political development of the Chinese state. It would be impossible to understand China’s present without understanding its past. This seminar aims at understanding the origin and development of the Chinese state, and its consequences.