International Influences on Domestic Policy-Making in China: The 2018 Chun-tu Hsueh Distinguished Lecture
This lecture examines 21st-century social policies and what they tell us about Chinese politics. At the same time it makes the case for more rigorous qualitative policy research, and it argues that international influences show it is time to reconceptualise Chinese policy processes.
Jane Duckett is Edward Caird Chair of Politics, International Dean (East Asia), and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research at the University of Glasgow. She is also Guest Professor at Nankai University. A Fellow of the British Academy, Professor
Duckett's research includes work on the Chinese state under market reform, notably The Entrepreneurial State in China (Routledge, 1998), and a comparative study of public attitudes to openness in East Asia and Eastern Europe (with Bill Miller), published as The Open Economy and its Enemies (CUP, 2006).
Since then, her research has been concerned with Chinese public policy. She has argued through studies of social welfare, poverty, unemployment and health policies, that the politics behind them and their enormous redistributive consequences make them central to the Chinese state’s marketising project. Her monograph, The Chinese State’s Retreat from Health: Policy and the Politics of Retrenchment (Routledge, hdbk 2011; pbk 2013) drew on comparative political theory to explain the Chinese state’s retrenchment in health care provision between the 1980s and 2003.