Non SCA Events - Glasgow

University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences, Scottish Centre for China Research

Seminar Programme 2016-17,

Venue: Room 139 (Board Room), Urban Studies,

29 Bute Gardens, University of Glasgow

(unless otherwise indicated below)



26 October 2017 at 4pm,

Socialists or cynics? Popular demand for income equality and state welfare provision in China and Russia"

Speaker: Dr Neil Munro, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow.


Chinese and Russian public opinion differs in the level of demand for income equality and state welfare provision: Russian generally express more ‘left wing’ attitudes than Chinese. On the basis of a qualitative analysis of focus group discussions, this paper argues that this aspect of comparative public opinion holds up an inverted mirror to the dynamics of social welfare politics in the two countries, for two reasons. First, Russia is structurally 'stuck in transition' between a socialist welfare state and a neoliberal state, whereas China is moving, slowly and after its own fashion, in the opposite direction. Second, Russians to a far greater extent than Chinese have become infected with a complex of ‘social Darwinist’ attitudes which undermine the moral foundations for demanding equality and welfare.

19 January 2017

Professor Dong Lisheng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Marie Curie visiting fellow, University of Glasgow

Title: ‘A Case Study of China’s Administrative Reform – the Importation of the Super-Department’.

Dr. Lisheng Dong is Marie Curie Professorial Fellow at the School of Political and Social Sciences in the University of Glasgow and Professor and Dean of the Department of Government Policy and Public Management, Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China. He has published 21 books and 44 referred articles and contributed to 20 books. He was the 2012 co-recipient of the Pierre de Celles Award of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration. His latest monograph is titled Public Administration Theories: Instrumental and Value Rationalities. He is the co-editor of Urban Mobilization and the New Media in Contemporary China and China and the European Union. He has published in Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, International Review of Administrative Sciences and Journal of Contemporary China.

2 February 2017

Dr Sun Xuan, Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University

Title: ‘Unwrapping the impact of social infrastructure on residential property values in Chinese cities’.


Dr Li Chengguang, Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University

Title:  ‘Neighbourhood Distribution in Chinese Cities: A case study of Tianjin’.

2 March 2017

Matthias Stepan, MERICS, Berlin

Title: ‘The party-state nexus in China  –  analysing the role of structures, processes, and individual actors in policymaking’.

 9 March 2017

Professor Karen Laidler, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong.

Title: TBC.

 16 March 2017

Thomas Johnson, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield.

Title: TBC.


 The Scottish Centre for China Research Seminar Programme gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Macfie Bequest.

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