Tuesday, August 18, 2009

[IWS] Brookings: CHINA'S NEW THINK TANKS: Where Officials, Entrepreneurs, and Scholars Interact [Summer 2009]

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Brookings Institution

Li, China Leadership Monitor, No. 29

China's New Think Tanks: Where Officials, Entrepreneurs, and Scholars Interact [Summer 2009]
Cheng Li
[full-text, 21 pages]

The growing importance of think tanks in China and the frequency with which they are able to facilitate international exchanges is understandable within the context of China's rise on the world stage. Many Chinese people are now conscious that their country is not only in the midst of profound socioeconomic transformations, but is also rapidly emerging as a major player in global affairs. They wish to understand the complex and internationally intertwined challenges that China faces in order to take intelligent positions on the issues involved.

As Chinese think tanks begin to acquire the "revolving door" quality that
has long described their peer institutions in other countries, business
leaders from major state-owned companies and domestic (or Hong Kong­
based) private companies now play a crucial role in the management of
think tanks, gained through the financial contributions these companies
make to the think tanks in reaction to government policies that strongly
affect their businesses. Meanwhile, an increasing number of foreigneducated
"returnees" find think tanks to be ideal institutional springboards
from which to reintegrate into the Chinese political establishment and play
a role in shaping the public discourse. A close look at the formation of
three prominent think tanks in the country—the China Center for
International Economic Exchanges, the Chinese Economists 50 Forum,
and the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University—adds
a new analytical wrinkle to the long-standing and complicated relationship
between power, wealth, and knowledge.

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