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    Engaging Market Brokers to Resolve State-Society Conflicts

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    Date(s) - 28/05/2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    (Location: Finnish Ambassador’s residence, Guanghua Lu 30, Beijing)

    China has a range of tools to govern and control society as a strong authoritarian country. This talk explores a new market mechanism in which state officials and citizens engage profit-seeking brokers (huangniu) who help bring the two parties together to mediate, bargain and resolve conflicts. Professor Ong’s research highlights the Chinese state’s increasingly sophisticated and flexible approach to social management and conflict resolution.



    Lynette Ong is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto, crossly appointed at Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She teaches authoritarian politics, political economy of development and Chinese politics. She is the author or “Prosper or Perish: Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China” (Cornell University Press, 2012). Her publications have appeared in a range of Political Science and Asian Studies journals, including Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, International Political Science Review, China Quarterly, China Journal, and Journal of Contemporary Asia, etc. Her opinion pieces and research have been featured in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New Yorker, Economist, South China Morning Post, East Asia Forum, etc.



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