Changing Governance: Political Recentralization, Economic Reform, and Global Rise

UPDATE: The deadline for paper/proposal submissions has been extended to July 6th

Association of Chinese Political Studies (

The 31st Annual Meeting and International Symposium
Hosted by James Madison University
October 11-12, 2018
Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

The Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) will hold its 31st annual meeting and international symposium between October 11-12, 2018 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA. ACPS is pleased to announce that James Madison University (JMU) will host the conference. Set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, JMU is a tight-knit community of 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 4,000 faculty and staff.  It is two hours from Washington D.C. and one hour from Charlottesville, VA.   


Conference Theme

The past few years have witnessed remarkable developments in China, featuring unequivocal domestic recentralization and confident global outreach.  We invite papers that examine these topics and analyze the drivers, features and consequences of China’s changing governance model and practices.  We are particularly interested in papers that employ novel theoretical frameworks and innovative methodological tools.  We also welcome panel proposals focused on emerging methodologies in the study of Chinese politics (e.g., survey experiment, GIS, etc.). 

Publication Opportunities

Exemplary conference papers will have the opportunity to be published in edited book volumes as well as to be considered for publication in the ACPS’s flagship journal, the Journal of Chinese Political Science (JCPS).  JCPS was recently accepted into accepted into SSCI, Clarivate (formerly Thomson Reuter) Social Sciences Citation Index.

Proposal Submission Procedures

The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Current ACPS members will receive priority consideration, though we seek high quality proposals in congruence with the conference theme. The proposal review committee will also consider panel proposals consisting of 4-5 papers sharing a coherent theme.
UPDATE: The deadline for paper/proposal submissions has been extended to July 6th
Paper and panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail to For paper proposals, please include: (1) paper title and abstract; (2) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation and contact information. The e-mail subject line for paper submissions should be “Paper Proposal Submission JMU 2018.” For panel submissions, please include: (1) panel title; (2) each paper’s title and abstract; (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (4) full name and contact information of the panel chair and discussant. Please use “Panel Proposal Submission JMU 2018” as the e-mail subject line.

Acceptance of Proposals

The review committee will issue notifications of acceptance, via email, to the primary author listed in the paper or panel proposal. Notifications will be distributed in June 2018.

Conference Registration Procedures

Those whose papers are accepted and plan to attend the conference must register for the conference and pay a non-refundable registration fee ($230 for faculty/researcher/other professionals; $180 for students) via the ACPS website by July 31, 2018.  Accepted participants who have paid their ACPS membership dues and conference registration fees in full are entitled to three free nights of lodging (October 10-12) and group meals throughout the duration of the conference.  
Registration is open to individuals who do not present at conference panels or serve in any other official conference capacity.  A non-refundable registration fee of $150 must be paid via the ACPS website by July 31, 2018.  Such registrants can attend all conference panels, enjoy free group meals, but must pay for their own lodging.           


We welcome expressions of interest from conference participants willing to serve as panel chairs and discussants. All questions regarding the conference should be directed to: