Visions of China's Future Governance: An International Perspective

Call for Proposals
“Visions of China's Future Governance: An International Perspective”
Association of Chinese Political Studies
The 32nd Annual Meeting and International Symposium
Hosted by Zhejiang University, School of Public Affairs and the Journal of Chinese Governance (JCG), Hangzhou, China
June 21-23, 2019


The Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) will hold its 32nd annual meeting and international symposium between June 21-23, 2019 in Hangzhou, China. Since its founding in 1986, ACPS has provided a platform to bring together Chinese political studies scholars from around the world. ACPS now has nearly 1,000 individual members from more than a dozen countries across four continents.
ACPS is pleased to announce that Zhejiang University School of Public Affairs will host the conference. Zhejiang University (ZJU) is one of China’s top higher education institutions, as well as one of its oldest; its roots can be traced back to 1897 and the founding of the Qiushi Academy. The University is organized across seven faculties and 36 schools. It is home to 3,611 full-time faculty members, including 41 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. ZJU has 53,673 students, over 53 percent of whom are postgraduate students. The School of Public Affairs publishes the Journal of Chinese Governance (JCG) in which selected conference papers will be published in two special issues.

Conference Theme

China is in a period of dramatic change in its economy, regulatory and government structure, and international role. This conference intends to analyze these changes and their implications for China’s future governance and international prospects. We invite papers that analyze policy innovation and institutional restructuring at the domestic level, as well as papers looking at China’s evolving role as a global actor. We are particularly interested in papers that employ novel theoretical frameworks and innovative methodological tools.

Publication Opportunities

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

Proposal Submission Procedures

The deadline for proposal submission is January 21, 2019. 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 (including a methodology).
Paper and panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail to For paper proposals, please include: (1) paper title and abstract; (2) keywords indicating topic and methodology; and (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation and contact information. The e-mail subject line for paper submissions should be “Paper Proposal Submission ACPS_Zhejiang 2019.”
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 ACPS_Zhejiang 2019” 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 February 2019.

Conference Registration Procedures

Those participants whose papers are accepted and plan to attend the conference must register for the conference and pay a non-refundable registration fee via the ACPS website by May 1, 2019. Individuals who have paid their ACPS membership dues and conference registration fees in full are entitled to two free nights of lodging (June 21st and 22nd) and meals throughout the duration of the conference.


We welcome expressions of interest from conference participants willing to serve as panel chairs and discussants.


For questions regarding the conference, please e-mail: