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    Grading the State: Chinese Citizens’ View of the State in the Economy

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    Date(s) - 12/06/2017
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Delegation of the European Union


    Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie, No. 15, Beijing, China




    www.eu-in-china.com or http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/china/index_en.htm

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    FCCC Members free; Non-members 100RMB

    Autocrats typically seek public support on the basis of economic growth-promoting and redistribution policies, and China is no exception. This talk looks at the Chinese state’s legitimation strategies, viz. its effectiveness in carrying out a variety of economic roles, as well as the fairness of these market interventions. It draws upon a recent large survey that evaluates individuals’ perceptions of two economic roles of the state: ownership and market regulation. It suggests while Chinese citizens view state ownership and regulation in a generally positive light, the state receives overwhelmingly poor marks in competition policy and environmental regulation. In addition, it suggests that economic ideology strongly shapes citizens perception of the state’s economic performance. Respondents with more economically “liberal” views were significantly more likely to evaluate the state’s performance across a range of economic functions negatively. The talk further explores the possible future political implications that follow from these recent findings.
    About the Speaker: Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. Prior to this appointment he was a faculty member at the Universities of Oxford, Melbourne, and Toronto. He is the author and editor of nine books, and his recent journal articles appear in the Journal of Social Policy, Voluntas, International Political Science Review, Development Policy Review, Journal of Civil Society, The China Quarterly, Current Sociology, and the Journal of Contemporary China. [Website: https://sites.google.com/site/rezahasmath/]


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