"Chinese Capitalism(s)?: Models, Paths, and Possibilities," with Roy Bin Wong.
The dramatically changing visibility of China in the world economy in the past quarter century reflects only the latest of several positions China has held in global economic history. Accounting for China's economic transformations involves comparisons of China with other places as well as consideration of the country's economic connections domestically and internationally. This paper proposes some important comparisons between early modern Chinese and European economies of consequence to the institutions of both China's modern and more contemporary economies. From these arguments the paper considers what recent discussions of a Chinese model can tell us about models more generally, why some notions of path dependence can be helpful, and how future possibilities are constructed at least partially from past practices.
Location: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.