Reports & Books

  • Reports

    • April 2014

Scott Kennedy and He Fan, The United States, China, and Global Governance: A New Agenda for a New Era (Bloomington, Indiana and Beijing, China: RCCPB & CASS, April 2013). Full Text (全文)

The RCCPB is proud to announce the release of a report offering policy recommendations on how to move forward global governance in the 21s century. Entitled, The United States, China, and Global Governance: A New Agenda for a New Era (中美两国与全球治理:新时代的新议题),the report is co-authored by the RCCPB’s Scott Kennedy and He Fan of the Institute of World Economics and Politics in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The report holds that there is a significant global governance deficit, and that both China and United States need to be more responsible stakeholders of the international system. Kennedy and Fan offer specific recommendations related to strengthening global governance in general and with regard to international trade, cross-border investment, and global finance.

The report, available in English and Chinese, caps the RCCPB’s three-year Initiative on China and Global Governance, which has included 30 working papers, 4 international conferences, multiple journal articles, 3 books, and several policy dialogues. CASS’s Institute of World Economics and Politics has long played a leading role in China in conducting policy-related research on international trade, finance, and other areas of international political economy. It has just opened a new center on the study of global governance.

  • Books

    • September 2012

Scott Kennedy and Shuaihua Cheng, eds., From Rule Takers to Rule Makers: The Growing Role of Chinese in Global Governance (Bloomington, Indiana, and Geneva Switzerland: RCCPB & ICTSD, September 2012). Full Text (全文)

The Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) are proud to jointly issue a study that analyzes the policy implications of growing Chinese involvement in global governance. Edited by the RCCPB’s Scott Kennedy and the ICTSD’s Shuaihua Cheng, From Rule Takers to Rule Makers presents 12 commentaries on the growing participation of Chinese in several arenas: international trade, finance, climate change, labor, public health, and foreign aid. The short chapters (2,500-3,000) words distill research first presented as working papers in the RCCPB’s Initiative on China and Global Governance.

Some important conclusions:

•  Many Chinese, both state and non-state actors, participate in global governance. Hence, we should talk of “Chinese” participation, plural, not “China’s” participation, singular.

•  Chinese are moving up the learning curve in many areas of global governance, though most rapidly in areas directly related to international trade.

•  Chinese participation has a decidedly “statist” feel, particularly at the multilateral level. Government actors are generally more active than non-state actors, and Chinese are more involved in state-based institutions than in non-state private governance institutions.

•  In some areas they are stubborn defenders of the status quo, and in others they promote limited reforms of the international system. In no area are Chinese radical anti-status quo participants.

•  Chinese influence still depends heavily on China’s “hard power” and less on “soft power.” Chinese are more influential, but not yet dominant leaders in any area of global governance.

•  Greater Chinese participation has in many areas led to the advancement of addressing global problems, but by simply being new, major participants so quickly, their involvement also has complicated both negotiations and implementation of agreements.

•  Chinese influence will likely continue to grow simply as Chinese gain more experience and become more deeply integrated into the world economy and society, but Chinese influence that contributes to addressing global problems may continue to be limited by two sets of factors: first, by domestic factors that hinder policy transparency, coordination across government departments, and activism and independence on non-state actors, both companies and non-governmental organizations; and second, by international factors that shape how the world’s current leading powers and international institutions engage Chinese participants.

The full complement of working papers from the initiative are on the RCCPB’s website. A scholarly book on this subject will be published inRoutledge Press’s Series on Global Institutions, and available in March 2013.

The Initiative on China and Global Governance and publication of this book are generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and Indiana University.