May 7 – HYI Annual Roundtable on State Capacity and Local Governance: China and India Compared

On Monday, May 7, the Harvard-Yenching Institute will sponsor a roundtable on “State Capacity and Local Governance: China and India Compared”, bringing together a group of distinguished scholars of China and India (Prasenjit Duara, Mark Frazier, Huang Yasheng, Devesh Kapur, Tarun Khanna, Prerna Singh, and Lily Tsai), with Elizabeth Perry as panel moderator. Please see below for more information.

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State Capacity and Local Governance: China and India Compared

A roundtable organized by the Harvard-Yenching Institute and co-sponsored with the Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the South Asia Initiative
Monday, May 7, 2012, 1:30 – 5:15 pm
Lower Level Seminar Room, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland St., Harvard University

This roundtable brings together a group of distinguished scholars of China and India (Prasenjit Duara, Mark Frazier, Huang Yasheng, Devesh Kapur, Tarun Khanna, Prerna Singh, and Lily Tsai) to consider some of the major political problems and perils facing the Asian giants today.  How do the world’s two biggest countries compare in terms of their ability to manage and mollify their often unruly citizens?  How well does each of them cope on the ground with such enormous challenges as poverty and inequality, popular protest, ethnic conflict, and environmental degradation?  How effectively do central and local governments coordinate, complement, or contradict one another in meeting these challenges?  Can China and India’s relative successes and shortcomings shed light on prospects for democratic versus non-democratic governance in the twenty-first century? 

Open to the public—no registration required. For more information, contact strogatz@fas.harvard.edu.