Date: 25 April 2011 (Monday)
Time: 10.30 – 12pm
Venue: Conference Room 2, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), S4, Level B3.
Speaker: Prof. Shaun Breslin, Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick and Visiting Senior Fellow in the RSIS Centre for NTS Studies.
Chairperson: Assoc. Prof. Ralf Emmers, Acting Head, Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
There has been increasing interest in the idea of a Chinese ‘model’ even before the onset of the global crisis – both from those who see it as a positive alternative economic agenda and those who fear its impact on the global liberal order. However, with the crisis highlighting, and arguably accelerating, shifting balances of global power, the focus on China as providing an alternative to the Washington Consensus has intensified. Yet, it is not at all clear if it we can identify what this ‘Chinese model’ actually is, let alone if it is a model that others can emulate.
Rather than focusing on what the model is, this seminar will focus on what the model is not; it is not about a rapid big bang transition to the market, it is not about complete liberalisation and it is not about following prescriptions laid down by the dominant powers or international financial institutions. In truth, a number of economies have developed along similar basic principles. Indeed, perhaps we can think of China as representing a ‘Neolistian developmental state with Chinese characteristics’! Nevertheless, a process of establishing China’s difference – perhaps China’s exceptionalism – seems to be underway which in part entails a strategy of ‘Occidentalism’: constructing an idea of what the West is and stands for to show how China is a very different kind of global actor.
About the speaker:
Prof. Shaun Breslin is Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the RSIS Centre for NTS Studies. In his ‘day job’, he is Director of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, Co-Editor of The Pacific Review and Associate Fellow of the Chatham House Asia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA). He is author and co-author of books on China and the global political economy, Mao Zedong, centre-local relations in China and comparative government and politics. His edited collections, journal articles and book chapters are primarily on the international politics/political economy of China and studies of comparative regional integration.