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Mafia-Like Business Systems In China: Xi’s Crackdown In Context

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts Mafia-Like Business Systems in China: Xi’s Crackdown in Context on Tuesday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST.

Read the paper, The Emergence of Mafia-like Business Systems in China, by Meg Rithmire and Hao Chen.

Meg Rithmire is a F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor of Business of Administration in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Rithmire holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, and her primary expertise is in the comparative political economy of development with a focus on China and Asia. Her first book, Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines the role of land politics, real estate, and local property rights regimes in the Chinese economic reforms. A new project examines state-business relations in authoritarian Asia, and related work concerns the role of the Chinese Communist Party in China’s political economy, and trade and investment conflict between China and the United States. Her work has been published in World Politics, the China Quarterly, and Politics & Society, among other scholarly journals, and her commentary has appeared in The Atlantic and the Washington Post.

Carl Walter lived and worked in Beijing from 1991 to 2011, first as an investment banker involved in China’s earliest state enterprise restructurings and public listings, then as COO of China International Capital Corporation. Before his retirement, he was COO of JP Morgan China as well as CEO of its banking subsidiary. Walter is the co-author of Red Capitalism (2012) and Inside China’s Stock Markets (2005). He holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Glenn Tiffert is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He manages the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power and works closely with government and civil society partners to document and build resilience against authoritarian interference with democratic institutions.

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