124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA
William Overholt, Ash Center
About the Seminar Case studies of democracy and economic development indicate that, in the earliest stages of economic and social development, democratic institutions modeled on the U.S. and western Europe empower an elite at the expense of weaker groups, exacerbate income and educational inequality, and inhibit efficient management of the economy. India and the Philippines have produced horrible social outcomes to date – morally unacceptable poverty, disease, inequality, and violence – although India’s efforts to emulate Chinese development strategies have borne considerable fruit. India could teach the world new lessons about combining development and democracy or it could fail at globalization and be crippled by social unrest.... Read more about Democracy and Development: Lessons from China, India, and Others
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Wang Jin-pyng, Speaker of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China Moderator: Anthony Saich, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School
About the Guest Lecturer Wang Jin-pyng was elected as a legislator of the Republic of China in 1975 and was re-elected for another ten terms. He became deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan in 1993 and then speaker of the Legislative Yuan in 1999. Since then, Taiwan has undergone two ruling party transitions. The Kuomintang (KMT), the ruling party in Taiwan for half a century, became an opposition party in 2000 and regained power in 2008. Speaker Wang has personally witnessed the deepening and consolidation of Taiwan’s democracy. He has played a role in the legislative process of many laws that have greatly contributed to Taiwan’s national development, such as the Taiwan Province and County Autonomy Law, the National Health Insurance Law, the Statute of Handling Compensation for the Victims in the 2/28 Incident, and the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Law. These laws have tremendously influenced national policy and parliamentary reform.