Fractured China: How State Transformation is Shaping China's Rise

Monday 4 April 2022, 1:00pm to 2:30pm


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Lancaster University China Centre hosts Prof. Lee Jones for a talk on his new book Fractured China: How State Transformation is Shaping China's Rise. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.


“The funeral home was like his second office,” a journalist said of former Kuomintang legislator Lin Junq-jzer. Lin attended funeral ceremonies almost every morning before commuting to the capital, 60 miles from his district. When there were too many funerals, he either appeared the night before or sent two backup staffers to be present on his behalf. Why is an MP like Lin invited to private funerals? Drawing on evidence from in-depth interviews and observation, this study focuses on the role of guanxi, the Chinese term for particularistic ties. It finds that voters in a guanxi society are inclined to show off their ties with VIPs. The demand thus keeps legislators exceptionally busy attending weddings, funerals, and banquets, often at the expense of attentiveness to national policy. The study concludes that guanxi norms bring constituency-focused activities to the fore of Taiwan’s political representation.


Lee Jones

Speaker bio: Lee Jones is Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Lee specialises in political economy and international relations, focusing on the politics of intervention, security, and governance, with a particular interest in social conflict and the transformation of states. Much of his work focuses on Southeast Asia and China.


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