2012 ACPS-American Political Science Association Related Group panel Call for papers


The Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) is calling for papers for its sponsored panel “China’s New Leadership and Challenges for a New Growth Model” at the 2012 APSA annual meeting in New Orleans on August 30- September 2, 2012.



The 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress scheduled around October 2012 is expected to finalize the ongoing leadership transition and a new growth model that had been debated upon was announced at the National People’s Congress meeting in March 2011. Our panel hopes to address some important questions about these two related major events that would affect China’s future political and economic development and the global political economy. Below are examples of the kind of questions that will help shed light on contemporary Chinese political economy. Why is the Chinese leadership shift taking place the way it is, particularly from a global comparative perspective? What are the political causes and likely political consequences of a new, more balanced growth model? How would a new growth strategy affect the dynamic between the central government and local governments? How would a new growth strategy affect China’s foreign policy? Can China’s new leadership make a successful transition to a new growth model (assuming that they want to) given the serious challenges they will face at home and abroad? In particular, is it possible to have a more balanced economic development strategy without broader political representation?

Our preference for paper selection will be given to those papers that connect with the overall theme of the annual meeting for 2012, namely representation and renewal, which is very much at the core of our panel theme. For details, please check the call for paper announcement by the 2012 APSA annual meeting program co-chairs.

As ACPS has done before, we plan to build upon the proposed APSA panel and aim at a special issue of a reputable academic journal and an edited volume, depending on the quality of the contributing papers.