2011

2011 Oct 05

Ousting Autocrats: The Political Economy of Competitive Authoritarianism

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Why Dominant Parties Lose bookKenneth Greene, University of Texas, Austin

About the Seminar
Why do incumbents in competitive authoritarian regimes continue to win elections or lose power? Employing a time-series cross-national analysis of election outcomes, Professor Kenneth Greene will show that autocratic incumbents or their parties endure despite poor economic performance, economic modernization, and trade openness. Instead, he will demonstrate that incumbents in competitive authoritarian regimes that permit meaningful electoral competition persist in power if they can create partisan advantages by politicizing public resources. Conversely, such regimes meet their doom when privatizations put the state’s fiscal power out of their reach. His argument has implications for the fate of competitive authoritarian regimes, transitions to democracy in hybrid systems, and the study of incumbency advantages and electoral fairness in comparative politics.... Read more about Ousting Autocrats: The Political Economy of Competitive Authoritarianism

2011 Oct 05

Morocco: The Path to Democracy?

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Aboubakr JamaïAboubakr Jamaï, Publisher of Le Journal Hebdomadaire and Assahifa al-Ousbouiya
Co-sponsored by the Middle East Initiative

About the Seminar
Has Morocco found the magic formula? The right path to democracy, that is a reformist path without the vagaries of revolutionary upheaval? On July 1, 98 percent of Moroccans approved a new constitution said to give more prerogatives to elected institutions at the expense of the monarchy. The regime and its allies have hailed the process as a model of consensual and peaceful change. This idyllic depiction does not withstand the check of reality. The constitutional process was hurried and no serious monitoring took place during the voting period. More fundamentally, the monarchy reluctantly initiated the constitutional reform process.... Read more about Morocco: The Path to Democracy?

2011 Oct 03

The European Parliament: A Key Actor in Transnational Democracy

2:45pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Klaus WelleKlaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament
Co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Speaker
Klaus Welle is the European Parliament’s most senior official. Appointed by its Bureau, he is responsible for Parliament’s administration, heading the Secretariat. Welle assists the President, the Bureau, the political groups and the elected Members of the European Parliament. He ensures the seamless operation of parliamentary business under the leadership of the President and the Bureau. In addition, with the President, he verifies and signs the ordinary legislative acts of the European Union, and plays an important role in the preparation of the Parliament’s draft budget estimates.

2011 Oct 02

China Goes Global Conference (2011)

Sun Oct 2 (All day) to Tue Oct 4 (All day)

Location: 

Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Conference
China’s present status in the world economy is already very impressive: The country is the world’s most populous nation, biggest trader and recipient of inbound investment, and second largest economy (in GDP PPP), and third largest trader, and the largest recipient of foreign direct investment. China has 170 cities of over one million people, as well as three of the world’s largest 20 cities: Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. With over 800 million cell phone subscribers and the largest online population, China is also a major force in the introduction and diffusion of technology.... Read more about China Goes Global Conference (2011)

2011 Sep 29

Transforming Leaders in Indonesia

(All day)

2011 Leadership Transformation in Indonesia courseThe Leadership Transformation in Indonesia program is a four-week executive education course focusing on issues of leadership in public service. One week of the course takes place in Jakarta with classroom sessions; the remaining three weeks include classroom sessions at Harvard University and structured site visits with local government officials in the Boston area. This customized course is the result of a collaboration between the Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program and the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs (KemenDagri). Started in September 2011, the second iteration took place in September 2012.... Read more about Transforming Leaders in Indonesia

2011 Sep 23

First Annual China Connecting Conversations Conference (2011)

(All day)

Location: 

Swiss-Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Zurich, Switzerland

About the Conference
The China Connecting Conversations conference addresses how China influences nations and corporations. It will bring together top business leaders, international government officials, and renowned academics from around the globe to gain deep insights in the China factor in the global zeitgeist, which can be used to the benefit of the organizations and the society at large. The China Connecting Conversations are held in the recognition that mutual understanding, respect, and trust are vital for successful corporate and public-private relations beyond borders.... Read more about First Annual China Connecting Conversations Conference (2011)

2011 Sep 22

Innovations in Government: Characteristics of Innovative Programs Then and Now

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Sanford Borins, University of Toronto

About the Seminar
Public officials and citizens are always calling for more innovation in government. But what factors make a program innovative? Statistical research on a random sample (234 observations) of the 550 applicants to the 2010 Innovations in American Government Awards reveals some interesting findings. At this seminar, Borins will first explore what determines which applicants advance in the competition. Are some types of innovations stronger than others (e.g. inter-organizational partnerships)? Does effective storytelling in the application help? Which of the four criteria used by evaluators (novelty, effectiveness, significance, transfer or transferability) matter most? This presentation will also compare the frequency of characteristics of current applicants (e.g., partnerships, use of information technology, empowerment) with research on applicants in the 1990s to highlight how innovations in government have changed over time.... Read more about Innovations in Government: Characteristics of Innovative Programs Then and Now

2011 Sep 21

China's Road Towards Democratic Governance

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Yu KepingYu Keping, Director, Center for Chinese Government Innovations, Peking University 

About the Seminar
Yu Keping will illustrate briefly the whole process of governance reform since the Reform in 1978 in China, including achievements, breakthrough reforms, map line, dynamics, and reform focus in the near future. He will also frankly discuss and analyze the biggest challenges faced by the Chinese government today – or, put another way, the most unsatisfactory issues that concern the public about their government. Such dissatisfaction lies not in economic growth, but in social problems such as social inequality, the growing gap between the rich and poor, serious corruption among public officials, social instability, high crime rates, environmental degradation, and ignorance of citizens’ human rights. To solve these problems, it is far from enough to merely rely on economic development: it is imperative to enhance democratic governance. This is the basic reason why Chinese President Hu Jintao stresses the importance of “scientific development.” The essence of “scientific development” lies in the coordinated, comprehensive, and sustainable development policies and practices among the political, economic, cultural, societal, and environmental arenas. This is also the reason that Premier Wen Jiabao continually underscores that democracy and rule of law, as well as equality and justice, are the primary values of true Socialism.... Read more about China's Road Towards Democratic Governance

2011 Sep 20

Program on Crisis Leadership & Crisis Management Student PIC Open House

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Taubman 401, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

About the Event
Interested in crisis leadership and response? Want to learn more about disaster management and emergency preparedness? Meet other students interested in these issues and hear from faculty and staff of Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative about related academic offerings. Leaders of the Crisis Management PIC at HKS will be present to discuss additional opportunities for student involvement.... Read more about Program on Crisis Leadership & Crisis Management Student PIC Open House

2011 Sep 20

Towards Consensus

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
Chen Ling

The Policymaking Process in Transitional China: Long-term Water Challenges and Implications for Energy Constraints in China
Chen Ling and Wang Can, Tsinghua University

About the Seminar
In the era of China’s economic and social transition, the improvement of the public policy process is often seen as a substitute for radical political reform, which might generate a sort of legitimacy through good governance and improved public welfare. This research analyzes the policy process by comparing cases in different policy fields: healthcare, nuclear energy, and population-control policy. The existing literature has already pointed out that the Chinese regime is fragmented, either in terms of the formal organizational structure or informal political factions. Starting from this observation, Professor Chen Ling will carefully scrutinize the major decision makers and related government agencies, and conclude that consensus building is the most essential activity of the policy process. The importance of consensus building is not new, but under the Hu-Wen administration, the process has become more institutionalized. Interest groups and think tanks are now stepping into the consensus building process. In addition, some channels of public participation have opened up, but their actual influence remains limited.... Read more about Towards Consensus

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