Zeren Li


PLSC 355

Political Economy of China

In era of reform that began in the late 1970s, China has followed a unique path of development to achieve extraordinary economic growth, while consolidating its authoritarian rule politically. Evidence of the economic transformation is striking. Understanding the political economy of contemporary China and gauging its change and continuity in recent decades is less straightforward. It is the broad goal of this seminar. The seminar aims to build knowledge and capacity in four areas: (1) ability to engage in critical thinking and to formulate and support well-reasoned arguments using reliable, appropriate evidence; (2) knowledge of major issues in Chinese politics and economy that may or may not be distinctive to China, ability to explain sources of successful performance, and nuanced grasp of political fundamentals and political challenges; (3) understanding of major questions of consensus and disagreement among China experts and assessment of evidence and methods underlying how we know what we think we know; (4) familiarity with key sources to make further progress, after the semester is over, in acquiring expertise on contemporary Chinese politics and economy. 

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: M 7:00 PM - 8:50 PM