China and Globalisation: On the Dialectics of Transformation and their Implications

Professor Jeffrey Henderson, University of Bristol

When:  3 May 2011 16:00 - 18:00
Where:  SR 3.06 Baines Wing, University of Leeds

In this talk, Professor Jeffrey Henderson reflects on the implications of the re-emergence of China as a global economic and political power for the nature of globalisation. He will demonstrate the links between the dominant national form of capitalism and the form of globalisation in particular epochs. Extrapolating from this, he suggests that with the rise of China and perhaps other Asian powers in its wake, we may be witnessing the emergence of a new form of globalisation, presaging perhaps, a 'Global-Asian Era' (GAE). If we are, then he suggests we can expect that many of its defining characteristics will be shaped (at least initially) by the Chinese form of capitalism.

He then identifies what might be the key features of Chinese capitalism (as a political economy and social formation) that are likely to give an emergent GAE its particular character. He also discusses what a China-led form of globalisation might mean 'on the ground'. While referring to empirical tendencies that are already discernable (particularly in the developing world), his main concern is to evaluate the discourses that are likely to be most appropriate to the task of theorising the nature and consequences of an emergent GAE. Critically engaging with 'development' and 'transition' discourses of various stripes, he argues that we need to re-conceptualise and theorise global change around the dialectics of 'transformation' and attend to the rather different practical and policy conclusions that this might imply.

Jeffrey Henderson is Professor of International Development and Co-Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies in the University of Bristol. He is currently Visiting Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds. He also has held appointments at other leading universities: the Universities of Hong Kong, Manchester, Melbourne and California at Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, among others. Additionally, he has been an advisor to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Labour Organisation and the Council of Europe. His latest book is East Asian Transformation: On the Political Economy of Dynamism, Governance and Crisis (Routledge, 2011).

All are welcome!