Scott Kennedy (Ph.D., George Washington University, 2002), a proud graduate of Johns Hopkins-SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, is Director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB), Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and East Asian Languages & Cultures, and Adjunct Professor in the Kelley School of Business’s Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University. He also just assumed the position of Academic Director of IU’s China Office.
His research examines the non-market strategies of companies in China through several contexts, including lobbying, industrial policy, global governance, and philanthropy. He is author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005); and editor of Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011), and (with Shuaihua Cheng), From Rule Takers to Rule Makers: The Growing Role of Chinese in Global Governance (2012). He is currently preparing an edited volume, The Dragon’s Learning Curve: Global Governance and China (Routledge, forthcoming 2014) and writing a monograph, Mandarins Playing Capitalist Games: How Chinese Are Reshaping Global Governance.
It is often said that Chinese companies aren’t interested in politics; they just want to make money. In fact, the opposite is true: the profit motive has moved Chinese industry, state-owned and private, to become deeply interested in the public sphere. Based on over two decades of research, this presentation describes how Chinese firms lobby to influence local and national economic policies, serve as informal diplomats in a wide range of international economic regimes, and engage in philanthropy to address social needs not being met by the government.