Centre for Global Political Economy

China and the Transformation of the International Political Economy

A one-day workshop
University of Sussex
Saturday May 17th 2008

Whilst it is widely recognized that China's ongoing capitalist restoration represents a fundamental source of transformation within the international political economy, the substantive nature of this transformation is clearly a contested issue. China's extraordinary economic growth and growing political influence have led some to argue that the (re)centering of the global economy towards China has become a distinct historical possibility. Others have drawn attention to the serious obstacles faced by China in its continued growth as major economic and political power. Understanding the mechanisms by which such a potentially momentous transition may occur is a key challenge to scholars seeking to understand contemporary transformations in the international political economy. The aim of this workshop is to bring together and facilitate dialogue between scholars with an interest in the international political economy of the rise of China. Whilst the workshop aims to be interdisciplinary, the common focus is on the international aspects of China's capitalist restoration.


10.00 - 12.00 Panel One - China and Alternatives to the Washington Consensus

Gracia Abad (Royal Holloway) - The Beijing Consensus: Locke's Return and China's Impact on the Global Political Economy

Stephen Rigney (Dublin) - Ethiopia eyes China: the EPRDF's Strategic Manoeuvres During a Period of Transition

13.00 - 15.00 Panel Two - China and a New World Order?

Jeffrey Henderson (Manchester) and Nicola Phillips (Manchester) - The Emerging "Global-Asian" Era: Rethinking Globalisation in the Context of the Rise of China

Kees van der Pijl (Sussex) - China as the New Contender to Western Hegemony

15.30 - 17.30 Panel Three - The Political Economy of Chinese Development

William Vlcek (London) - Byways and Highways of Direct Investment: China and the Offshore World

Kevin Gray (Sussex) - Labour and China's Capitalist Restoration in East Asia's Passive Revolution

Registration fee: £10 (free for students/unwaged).


China and the Transformation of the International Political Economy - call for papers [PDF 95.27KB]