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Is China’s social and political system unique? by David S G Goodman

February 25, 2016

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All social and political systems are of course both unique and comparable. Analysing and understanding the similarities as well as the differences is part and parcel of the social sciences. In the case of China three models have dominated academic understanding: the Communist party-state; the East Asia developmental state; and the Chinese civilization state, essentially the idea of Chinese exceptionalism. David Goodman goes on to discuss.

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Strategies in Long Negotiations: What We Can Learn from Climate Change by Christian Downie

June 18, 2014

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Many international negotiations, indeed many of the most significant in the post-war era, have been prolonged, stretching for years and sometimes decades. Although these negotiations seek to address some of the most critical problems facing the globe, we do not know much about them. Here, Dr Christian Downie looks at the lessons we can learn from international climate change negotiations. […]

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The Global Age Transition and Economic Prospects – by Andrew Mason

July 11, 2013

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11 July is World Population Day.  The number of people on the planet has passed the 7 billion mark, presenting both challenges and opportunities – with implications on economic development, sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.  Alongside this rise in the population we are also witnessing a demographic revolution that is affecting economies around the world – population aging.  Andrew Mason, co-editor of Population Aging And The Generational Economy, explores the costs and potential benefits of this phenomenon.

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The Durban Train: A Ten-Year Delay for the Planet? – by David Belis

June 27, 2013

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Nilgiri Mountain Train

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In a global context characterized by growing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, there exists strong and increasingly convincing evidence that climate change is already having an impact in nearly all places on the globe and on a wide variety of natural and societal processes. When the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is finalized in 2014, the negotiations will be recalibrated in light of this new consensual knowledge base. As far as we can judge from the cumulative scientific evidence, attaining the 2°C goal will be highly unlikely unless there is a rapid and fundamental reversal in climate politics at the global level and in national policymaking. In fact, scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are calling for a peak in GHG emissions before 2020 and fast and deep cuts thereafter (IPCC 2007: 67). It is therefore no exaggeration to speak of this decade as the ‘pivotal decade’ in climate politics. A sense of urgency, hard and ambitious political commitments, the conclusion of a global deal, and practices of production and consumption adapted to the challenge are minimal requirements. This is beyond any doubt a daunting challenge and arguably one of a magnitude that humanity has never faced before.

 

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Middle Class China: professional and managerial before the bourgeoisie – by Minglu Chen and David Goodman

March 7, 2013

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People in Shanghai at night

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