Conference in Honor of Roderick MacFarquhar, "Chinese Politics Past and Present: The 18th Party Congress"


Friday, November 30, 2012, 9:30am to Saturday, December 1, 2012, 5:00pm

Chinese Politics Past and Present: The 18th Party Congress

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November 30 and December 1, 2012

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This international conference was held in honor of Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, upon his retirement from teaching.

This conference was sponsored by the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, with support from the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Department of Government, Harvard University.

Friday, November 30

9:30-9:45 am
William C. Kirby

9:45 am-12:00 pm
Governance and the Challenges of Political Reform
Anthony Saich, "What Did People Think of the Hu-Wen Years?"
William Alford, "How Law Doesn't and Does Matter"
David M. Lampton, "Bringing China's Governance into Harmony with Social Structure"
Fu Jun, "A New Growth Model (for China): Taking Stock, Looking Ahead"
:  Jean Oi
: Susan Pharr

1:30-3:20 pm
Foreign Relations and China's Future in Global Politics
Steven Goldstein, "The U.S. and Cross-Strait Relations: Still Tied Up in the China Tangle?"
Julian Chang, "Russia’s (Re)Turn to the East"
Alastair Iain Johnston, "Ten Problems Facing Chinese Foreign Policy"
Robert Ross, "Coping with the U.S. 'Pivot' to Asia"
  Alastair Iain Johnston

3:40-5:00 pm
Economics in Command?  The Business of Chinese Politics
Yasheng Huang, "Rethinking the China Model"
Nicholas Lardy, "The Role of the State in the Hu-Wen Decade: Guojin Mintui?"
Discussant:  Dwight Perkins

Saturday, December 1

10:00-11:45 am
Social Tensions and Leadership Challenges
Elizabeth Perry, "Cultural Governance in Contemporary China"
Martin Whyte, "China’s Active and Dormant Social Volcanoes"
Timothy Cheek, "Managing Mao: Ideological Legitimacy in Prosperous (Shengshi) China"
  Andrew Walder
  Grzegorz Ekiert

1:00-2:40 pm
Do Institutions Matter?  The Realms of Formal Politics
Ross Terrill, "Deng was Half-Mao”
Victor Shih, "Power Strategies of Mao and Deng and Consequences on Today's Elite Politics"
Shiping Zheng, "China’s Leadership Succession: New Rules and New Logic"
:  Timothy Colton

3:00-5:00 pm
Personalities and Palace Politics in and beyond Zhongnanhai
Minxin Pei, "Betting the House or Kissing Up: Promotion Strategies of Provincial Officials"
Joseph Fewsmith, "What Does the 18th Party Congress Tell Us about Elite Politics in Contemporary China"
Huang Jing, "Collective Leadership after the 18th Congress: a Roundtable or Return to Informal Politics?"
:  Ezra Vogel