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China Economy Lecture featuring Jonas Nahm – Collaborative Advantage: Forging Green Industries in the New Global Economy

November 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

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Speaker: Jonas Nahm, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Nahm’s new book examines the development of wind and solar industries in China, Germany, and the United States as a window into the political economy of innovation and economic development in highly globalized industries. The book argues that new possibilities for collaboration among firms in the global economy have reinforced distinct national patterns of industrial specialization. In the decades before international economic integration made it easier for firms from around the world to work together on tasks ranging from production to innovation, differences in national capitalisms yielded equally distinct national industrial specializations for production, innovation, and competitiveness. Globalization has since challenged the primacy of nation states by moving beyond their territorial reach many of the activities that now make up the global economy. However, as shown in the book, globalization not only continues to be mediated by domestic institutions, it also causes persistent and consequential divergence of such institutions and national industrial specializations over time.

Jonas Nahm is Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. His research examines the intersection of economic and industrial policy, energy policy, and environmental politics. He studies the role of the state in processes of industrial restructuring that accompany policy responses to climate change and clean energy transitions more broadly. His work utilizes clean energy transitions in China, Germany, and the United States to engage two debates in comparative political economy: (1) the role of the state in shaping the international division of labor in highly globalized industries, and (2) sources of state capacity in interest group politics during periods of industrial restructuring.

Also available on Zoom. Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1saKMiC4Q72NIidKR5DQkw.


November 15, 2022
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

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