Global Governance


  • Initiative on China and Global Governance

    Purpose. Globalization has created an interdependent world, but the development of institutions and processes to manage this transformation has not kept apace. Governance in trade is relatively mature but still far from adequate. There is a much wider governance gap in other areas, including finance, competition policy, the environment, and energy. These challenges are intensified by China’s economic development and its integration into the global economy. On the one hand, Chinese officials, companies, and other stakeholders have been learning how to integrate into and more effectively participate in international organizations; and hence, China is moving from being a rule-taker to a rule-maker. On the other hand, the leadership of these institutions and the major powers, including the United States, are themselves coping with and adapting to a more vigorous and assertive China.

    The purpose of this three-year initiative, carried out with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, is to more fully understand the extent and significance of Chinese involvement in the major areas of economic global governance and promote greater engagement and cooperation among governments, industry, other stakeholders, and scholars from the US, China, Europe and elsewhere. The resulting research, conferences, publications and outreach will build our empirical and theoretical knowledge, improve the capacity of Chinese, American, and other actors to be constructive participants in global governance, and create a stronger foundation for the two countries to cooperatively address problems fundamental to the well-being of people around the world.

    Research. The initiative is supporting empirical research on 30 projects across a wide range of international economic regimes which together form a web of global governance, including trade, finance, investment, intellectual property rights, competition policy, technical standards, the environment, foreign aid, energy, public health, and technical standards. Rather than measuring compliance, projects focus primarily on how effective China has been and the implications for international cooperation and global governance institutions more generally.

    Strategic Partners. The RCCPB is proud to have three strategic partners for this initiative: the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing, the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Tokyo, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva.

    Conferences. There are four scholarly conferences as part of the initiative: 1) Workshop on China and Global Governance, Beijing, July 24-25, 2010; 2) The 10th Anniversary of China’s WTO Entry, Beijing, October 2011; 3) Conference on China and Global Governance, Bloomington, Indiana, March 2012; and 4) Symposium on China and Global Governance: Policy Implications, Geneva, Spring 2013.

    Dialogue Groups. The Chinese Industry-American Government Roundtable Series, held 3-4 times annually, brings together Chinese business leaders and American officials in a private setting to discuss issues central to the US-China relationship and to the global economy. The Global Governance Dialogue Group brings together experts and officials to discuss critical policy issues central to China’s growing role in global governance institutions.

    Visiting Scholars. The RCCPB will host visiting scholars in its Bloomington, Indiana, and Beijing, China offices, for short visits of two weeks to a month to facilitate research, collaboration, writing, and public presentations.

    Publications. All of the participants in the initiative will contribute working papers to the RCCPB. They will all be published in English as well as have Chinese abstracts. A select number will be revised and published in top-tier scholarly journals and an edited volume from a leading American academic press. The RCCPB, in coordination with our strategic partners, also issue policy reports, commentaries, and other documents, in both English and Chinese.

    Web Outreach. Beginning in mid-2011, the RCCPB will launch a bilingual website on China and global governance which will contain: 1) A password-protected section for initiative participants to share information and data; 2) Announcements about our meetings and other relevant gatherings; 3) Related publications by initiative participants to the extent permitted by copyright law; and 4) News reports and commentary by others.

  • Call For Research Proposals

    Issued: October 15, 2010

    Executive Summary

    The Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB) at Indiana University is proud to announce this Call for Research Proposals for scholars and experts who want to deepen the world’s understanding of the growing role of China in global governance. Funding will be provided to participants at the $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 level depending on the nature of their research and involvement in the initiative. Review of research proposals will begin on December 10, 2010.

    Area of Research Inquiry

    Globalization has created an interdependent world, but the development of institutions and processes to manage this transformation has not kept apace. This challenge is intensified by China's economic development, its integration into the global economy, and its deepening participation in international regimes. We need a deeper understanding of Chinese involvement in global governance institutions in order to: 1) Build our empirical and theoretical knowledge about the dynamics of the behavior of individual participants and of global governance regimes more generally; 2) Improve the capacity of Chinese and others to be constructive participants in global governance; and 3) Create a stronger foundation for cooperation to resolve pressing problems facing international society.

    In July 2010 the RCCPB hosted a Workshop on China and Global Governance in Beijing; the participants analyzed Chinese involvement in various international regimes and discussed the most important areas in need of further research. Based on this meeting and further discussions, the RCCPB is anxious to support empirical research which examines the involvement of China’s government, industry, experts, and other stakeholders in at least one of the following areas of global governance: trade, finance, investment, technology standards, intellectual property rights, competition policy, energy and commodities, the environment, and public health.

    We particularly encourage research studies that:

    1. Focus on factors that influence the effectiveness of Chinese participants in promoting their interests in global governance arrangements and thelikelihood of cooperation between Chinese and other participants in global governance. Studies that examine Chinese compliance are welcome as long as they also shed light on effectiveness and cooperation.

    2. Recognize that China is not a unitary actor, that various parts of the Chinese government and society participate in global governance, and that their capacity and interests may not always be identical.

    3. Examine either the setting of rules or the use of rules, at either the international level or the domestic/national level.

    4. Analyze the potential international factors that may shape Chinese participation in global governance, including: the distribution of power, the nature of international organizations and regimes, bilateral and regional relationships, and economic trends; and

    5. Examine how Chinese involvement in global governance is shaped by social, economic, and political factors in China, such as the policy process, the bureaucracy, central-local relations, interest groups, epistemic communities, and state-society relations.

    The RCCPB welcomes empirical research that utilizes different types of data (case studies, large-N, and cross-national comparisons) as well as different methods of collecting and analyzing the data (qualitative or quantitative). Regardless of which approach, projects should have a clear analytical puzzle, independent and dependent variables, and research design.


    The RCCPB will provide support at three different levels:

    1. $5,000 for projects that require international travel to collect new data and result in the writing of one working paper for the RCCPB Working Paper Series.

    2. $3,000 for projects that require the collection of new data within the home country of the scholar and result in the writing of one working paper for the RCCPB Working Paper Series.

    3. $1,000 for papers invited to be published in the RCCPB’s Working Paper Series that are based on previously collected data.

    Scholarly Opportunities

    In addition to contributing to the RCCPB’s Working Paper Series, the RCCPB will coordinate revision of the working papers and help submit them for publication in leading scholarly journals and in edited volumes. Further, all participants in the Initiative will be invited to attend at least one of four conferences to be held during the next three years, in Beijing (Fall 2011), Indiana (Spring 2012), Tokyo (Fall 2012), and Geneva (Spring 2013). The RCCPB will also provide funding to host two Initiative participants as visiting scholars for one-month stays at Indiana University for each of the next three years. Finally, participants will have the opportunity for extended interaction with leading experts, businesspeople, and senior officials involved in global governance.

    Funders and Strategic Partners

    The RCCPB is grateful for the generous financial support of the Henry Luce Foundation and Indiana University. In addition, it is proud to recognize three organizations as strategic partners in this initiative: the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva.

    To Apply

    Those interested in participating in the initiative should submit a two-page, single-spaced Research Proposal to the RCCPB which explains: 1) Your research topic, research design, plan for collecting data, and the potential contribution of the study to understanding China and global governance; 2) How your project fits with the guidelines in the Initiative’s Area of Research Inquiry”; 3) Which level of funding you seek and why; 4) Whether you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar at the RCCPB; and 5) Which conferences you would prefer to attend. Please submit the proposal and a bio or curriculum vitae to Scott Kennedy, Director, RCCPB, via email, to Review of proposals will begin on December 10, 2010. For additional information about the RCCPB’s Initiative on Global Governance, visit the center’s website,

  • Research


    • Edwin Way and Scott Kennedy, " Conference Proceedings for the Workshop on China & Global Governance," Indiana University Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, October 12,2010. Full Text


    Current Projects
    • General Global Governance

    Cheng Dawei, Renmin University
    An Empirical Study on the Endogenous Factors Affecting China's Industrial Diplomacy: Antidumping as a Case Study

    Scott Kennedy, Indiana University
    Global Governance Ambassadors: The Case of China

    Scott Kennedy, Indiana University
    The Rigid Status-Quo Power: China and Global Governance

    James McGann, University of Pennsylvania
    Chinese Think Tanks and Global Governance

    Zhang Hanlin, University of International Business & Economics
    An Examination of China’s “Harmonious World” Policy

    • The World Trade Organization

    Rorden Wilkinson, University of Manchester, and James Scott, University of Manchester
    China and the World Trade Organization

    Tu Xinquan, University of International Business & Economics
    The Political Economy of China’s Access to the Government Procurement Agreement

    Wang Xiaodong, World Trade Organization Secretariat
    China's Status and Influence in the Multilateral Trading System

    Wang Yong, Peking University
    Being in the WTO for 10 Years: China’s Learning Experience and Growing Confidence

    Yang Rongzhen, University of International Business & Economics
    China’s Participation in the Trade Policy Review Process

    • Trade Remedies

    Li Chunding, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of World Politics & Economics
    Antidumping Shocks and the Productivity Response of Chinese Industries

    Edwin Way, Indiana University, and Scott Kennedy, Indiana University
    Capitalizing on Victory: The Economic Consequences of Antidumping Verdicts

    Zhao Shuang, Indiana University, and Scott Kennedy, Indiana University
    A Thousand Small Steps: China’s Pursuit of Market Economy Status

    • Free Trade Agreements

    Li Luosha, China Society for WTO Studies
    A New Model for Global Governance: Mutual Benefit of the WTO and FTAs

    Junji Nakagawa, University of Tokyo, and Wei Liang, Monterey Institute of International Studies
    A Comparison of the FTA Strategies of China and Japan and Their Implications for Multilateralism

    • Investment and Finance

    Li Quan, Texas A&M University
    International Politics and China’s Foreign Direct Investments

    Ren Xiao, Fudan University
    A Reform-Minded Status-Quo Power? China, the G20, and Changes in the International Monetary System

    Bruce Reynolds, University of Virginia, and Susan K. Sell, George Washington University
    China’s Participation in Global Governance: Exchange Rates and Intellectual Property

    Wang Xiaoqiong, Zhongnan University of Law and Economics
    National Security Review of Foreign Mergers and Acquisitions in China: Progress and Reform Challenges

    • Rule of Law and Intellectual Property Rights

    John Wagner Givens, University of Oxford
    Laowai Suing Dragons: Foreign Plaintiffs in Chinese Administrative Litigation

    Lan Rongjie, Zhejiang University
    Court Administration and Intellectual Property Rights Litigation in China

    • Public Health and Labor

    Tim Bartley, Indiana University, and Zhang Lu, Johns Hopkins University
    Deciphering the “Black Box”: Transnational Private Certification of Labor Standards in China

    Gong Xiangqian, Beijing Institute of Technology
    Chinese NGO’s and Global Health Governance

    Huang Yanzhong, Seton Hall University and the Council on Foreign Relations
    China and Global Health Governance

    • Foreign Aid

    Cheng Shuaihua, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
    China’s International Aid Policy and Its Implications for Global Governance

    Xu Jiajun, University of Oxford
    The Anatomy of China’s Influence on the International Development Finance System

    Katherine Morton, Australian National University
    China’s Emerging Role in the Global Governance of Food Security

    • The Environment and Technology Policy

    Charles Roger, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Thomas Hale, Princeton University
    Transnational Climate Governance in China

    Wang Xuedong, Sun Yat-sen University, Cai Tuo, Chinese University of Politcs & Law, Liu Zhenye, Chinese University of Politics & Law, and Lu Xiaoli, Beijing Normal University
    China’s Participation in Global Governance on Climate Mitigation: The Influence of Epistemic Communities on the Policymaking Process

    Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz  and Joachim Monkelbaan, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
    China’s Role in a Sustainable Energy Agreement: A Global Governance Perspective

  • Events

    Bridges China Dialogue 2012: International Political Economy of a Transitional China
    Geneva, Switzerland
    September 27, 2012


    Conference on China and Global Governance
    Bloomington, Indiana
    March 23-24, 2012


    Conference: The 10th Anniversary of WTO Accession: China's Learning Curve
    Beijing, China
    October 29-30, 2011


    • Colloquium: "Foreign Models and Institutional Change: A Study of China's Civil Service Reforms"
    September 16, 2010

    Speaker: Hongying Wang, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
    Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
    Location: Maple Room, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th St., IU-Bloomington campus
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    Workshop on China and Global Governance
    July 23-25, 2010

    Speakers: Scott Kennedy, Indiana University (Chair); Liu Hongsong, Shanghai International Studies University; Leng Tse-kang, Academia Sinica; Margaret Pearson, University of Maryland; Zhang Hanlin, University of International Business and Economics (Chair); Wang Xiaodong, World Trade Organization; Wang Zixian, MOFCOM Policy Research Office; Wang Qi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ba Shusong, State Council Development Research Center Institute of Finance; Tu Xinquan, University of International Business and Economics (Chair); Junji Nakagawa, University of Tokyo; Yang Rongzhen, University of International Business and Economics; Edwin Way, Indiana University; Wang Xin, People's Bank of China Research Bureau; Greg Chin, York University

    Location: Beijing, China