Lecture: A Chinese Bureaucracy for Innovation-driven Development? 

Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink

This public lecture will be held in English on 16/12/2022 from 3pm to 4pm at the East Asia Institute in Ludwigshafen am Rhein. No registration required.


This talk scrutinizes the attempts by the Chinese party-state bureaucracy since the 2000s to advance innovation and technological upgrading. To this end, we examine insights from the developmental state debate—the need for a state bureaucracy to achieve internal coherence, and the capacity of that bureaucracy both to forge coalitions between bureaucrats, businessmen, and scientists, and to discipline domestic companies. Moreover, we assess efforts to foster technological upgrading in two critical industries, semiconductors and electric vehicles. While there are significant differences between China and earlier successful developmental states in East Asia, with the former facing problems such as the legacies of short-termism, limited monitoring capabilities, and flawed discipline over business, we find that, compared with other contemporary emerging capitalist economies, the Chinese bureaucracy has developed relatively strong capabilities to advance “innovation-driven development”.  


Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink
Professor of Chinese Economy and Society
Director, China Global Center at Jacobs University
Social Sciences & Humanities

Event location

Rheinpromenade 12
67061 Ludwigshafen

This public lecture will take place in the room „Tokyo“ on the 1st floor of our institute. No registration required.


Prof. Dr. Barbara Darimont
Head of the China study focus
Chairperson of the Vereins zur Förderung des Ostasieninstituts e.V.
Mail: darimont@oai.de

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