The Second China-India Workshop on Development andGovernance
June 8, 2018
Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies
School of Internatioal Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University
Center for Gandhian and Indian Studies, Fudan University
School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside (USA)
South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (Germany)
Prof. Anil B. Deolalikar, University of California, Riverside
Prof. Yijia Jing, Fudan University
Prof. Rahul Mukherji, Heidelberg University
China and India are the world’s two most populous countries sharing a long land border. Despite very different political systems, both countries have pushed forward economic reforms and liberalization in recent decades and, as a result, achieved rapid economic growth. In spite of their political differences, the two countries have been cooperating in a number of areas both on a bilateral basis as well as under the auspices of multilateral institutions such as BRICS and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Both countries have been actively exploring ways to improve domestic governance and development by combining international practices with local characteristics. As such, there is much for the two countries to learn from each other’s experiences.
The proposed workshop, to be held on June 8, 2018, at Fudan University, will seek to bring together scholars from the two countries to share and discuss issues of common interest and concern. These issues may include, but are not limited to, the following: the political economy of economic growth, intergovernmental relations and local governance, policy innovations among local governments, the use of information technology to improve governance, public service delivery, modernization and reform of the civil service, deliberative democracy and civic participation, public accountability and transparency, policy response to demographic challenges such as population growth and aging, as well as Sino-Indian relations.
The workshop will seek to (i) identify the similarities and differences of the major challenges faced by the two countries and their institutional causes, (ii) develop mutual knowledge and consensus on further comparative studies, (iii) establish a network of dialogue and exchange among scholars working on these two countries, and (iv) create new opportunities for research, publications, policy diffusion, and collaboration.
The workshop is being co-sponsored by Fudan University’s Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies, School of Internatioal Relations and Public Affairs, and the Center for Gandhian and Indian Studies; the University of California, Riverside’s School of Public Policy; and the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. It is hosted by Fudan University’s Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies.We invite scholars from around the world working on China and India to present their research on the aforementioned themes.
The host will cover the costs of round-trip transportation, accommodation and meals during the workshop. We will have about 20 participants to facilitate in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas.
Although participants will not need to prepare a paper for the workshop, the organizers are hoping to invite presenters to prepare papers after the completion of the workshop for inclusion in an edited book volume or special issue of a journal. World Scientific Publishers have agreed to publish an edited volume based on the papers presented at the workshop.
Interested scholars are invited to submit their presentation topics and an abstract, as well as a C.V., to China_India@fudan.edu.cn by Apr 1, 2018. Applicants will be informed of their selection by Apr 15, 2018.