Shuanping Dai, Nele Noesselt, and Markus Traube have organized a marvelous internal virtual Zoom workshop conference for the Institute of East Asian Studies (In-East) at the University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany. The Conference workshop is entitled: Governance and Emerging Technological Change in China, and will be held virtually 19-20 November 2020.
The Program and concept note follow.
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Governance and Emerging Technological Change in China
Workshop organized by Shuanping Dai, Nele Noesselt, and Markus Taube | Thu/Fri, November 19–20, 2020, 14–18 h | Closed Workshop
Internal Virtual Research Workshop
– work in progress –
November 19, 2020
Straton Papagianneas (Leiden University, the Netherlands): Automating the Tightrope between Stability Maintenance and Legal
Rationality: Smart Courts and Governance in the PRC
Wei Zhao* (ESSCA School of Management, France), Marcus Conlé (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany): Local Government as Integrative Organizer: The Practical Approaches of Regional Innovation Policy in South China
Shuanping Dai*, Markus Taube (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Gang Liu (Nankai University, China): Innovation Network Formation and Adaptive Government: Two Chinese Industrial Cluster Cases
Philipp Boeing (Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Germany): Effectiveness and Efficacy of R&D Subsidies: Estimating Treatment Effects with one-sided Non-compliance
Alicia Fawcett (The Atlantic Council, USA): Case Study: COVID-19 Mask Diplomacy
November 20, 2020
Yujing Tan (Leiden University, the Netherlands): Governing Innovation in Shenzhen – Talent Absorption and Social Training in the Building of Innovation Infrastructure
Yun Song, Martin de Jong*, Zhaowen Liu, Dominic Stead (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands): Developing Xiong’an New Area: New Styles of Urban Governance in China’s Latest Technopole
Larry Catá Backer (Pennsylvania State University, USA): Platform Governance: Chinese Social Credit and the Reimagining of Markets in a Socialist Digital Context
Huw Roberts*, Josh Cowls, Jessica Morley, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Vincent Wang, Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford, UK): A Comparative Policy Analysis of China and the EU’s Approach to AI
Benjamin Cedric Larsen (Copenhagen Business School & the Chinese Academy of Sciences): National AI Platforms and the Governance of AI Ecosystems in China
Nele Noesselt (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany): Smart Standardization: AI Innovation and Global Political-Legal Implications
CONCEPT NOTE: Call for Papers
Virtual Workshop “Governance and Emerging Technological Change in China”
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
November 26-27, 2020
China’s recent socio-economic history is full of phenomena that on first sight appear paradoxical. The recent boom of tech-based emerging industries like electric mobility, fin tech, as well as the cross sectoral roll-out of artificial intelligence applications is another example. Since 2006, China that had become known as the global workbench has exerted tremendous effort to transform itself into a vibrant innovation-driven economy. Obviously these efforts have been quite successful.
According to the standard paradigm of economic thinking such a structural transformation requires a sound foundation manifested in a functional market system featuring free trade and competition, low enter barriers, and perfect property protection. But while China has made considerable progress in the establishment of certain market-oriented institutions, in other fields Chinese regulators have driven back existing market structures and once again strengthened governmental guidance and discretionary steering instruments in the economy. Scholars locating themselves in orthodox market theory must wonder what forces are at work in China and facilitate the rise of the above mentioned emerging industries. Heterodox perspectives might be of help to bring light to this recent puzzle in the evolution of China’s political economy.
Chinese government’s approach to the new tech-driven industries appears to constitute a clever mixture of traditional policy approaches and innovative tools and tactics. Next to taking recourse to conventional measures like tax reductions, research and development subsidies, various types of preferential treatment etc. the Chinese government is also actively engaging in the establishment of venture-capital investment funds mixing state with private capital, in order to select and promote promising entrepreneurial ideas. On the regulatory front, the Chinese state, which is known for its heavy handed guidance of industries, is providing freedoms to some innovators that go far beyond those provided in regulatory sandboxes and the like. The new forms of public-private interaction invite us to think about the character of Chinese state-capitalism, and the respective roles of the state as well as (private) entrepreneurs in the system. Where is the border-line between state intervention, governmental guidance, regulatory laisser-faire? Is there a new type of mission- oriented economic governance evolving in China? What is the motivation for and what are the guiding principles of private entrepreneurship in contemporary China?
In addition to these issues, technological innovation is driving institutional change in the field of governance as the coevolves with technological change, which is provide new techniques and service proposition. A multitude of areas in which such coevolution takes place can already be identified: clean energy technologies alter the foci of environmental regulations; “object recognition” technology can significantly reduce the cost of regulating traffic and public security, but trigger serious concerns with regard to social control and surveillance; big data processing self- learning machines and artificial intelligence may enable governance more to deal more effectively with a broad variety of tasks but also require specific regulation for privacy and data security.
All these phenomena emerge in a new socio-technological context and as such invite fresh academic research and systematic analysis designed to better understand the underlying forces and patterns.
We specifically welcome studies addressing the following topics in China’s emerging socio- technological transformation. The issues to address include, but are not limited to:
the design and implementation of industrial policies
state industrial investment funds
strategic behaviour of business and political actors
governance of emerging industrial sectors
governance via emerging technologies
the coevolution of technological change and governance
the role of state-owned enterprises and private-owned enterprises, and their interactions
social control and governance
emerging governance innovation
Interested scholars are encouraged to submit your abstract, including contact information and a short biography to Prof. Shuanping Dai (firstname.lastname@example.org), by the deadline on September 15, 2020.