Book Talk – Micro-Institutional Foundations of Capitalism: Sectoral Pathways to Globalization in China, India, and Russia


Tuesday, October 18, 2022


3:30 PM


5:00 PM
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The SCRC welcomes Prof. Ling Chen, Prof. Devesh Kapur, and Prof. Roselyn Hsueh to discuss Prof. Hsueh’s new book, Micro-Institutional Foundations of Capitalism: Sectoral Pathways to Globalization in China, India, and Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2022), in conversation with Prof. Andrew Mertha, Director of the SAIS China Research Center. In this book, Prof. Hsueh looks at China, India, and Russia to study a new theory of sectoral pathways to globalization and development in the post-cold war era. She utilizes historical evidence to demonstrate the perception of sectors by state elites by different forces, and details the structures of institutions to explain the state’s role in market coordination and property rights arrangements. Patterns arose per country, formulating national sectoral models as the micro-institutional foundations of capitalism that mediate globalization and development.

Event Guests

Prof. Devesh Kapur

Starr Foundation Professor of South Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Prof. Devesh Kapur is the Starr Foundation professor of South Asian studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. With a regional focus on India and South Asia, his research centers on examining the political and institutional determinants of economic development: international financial institutions; political and economic consequences of international and internal migration; the effects of market forces and urbanization on the well-being of socially marginalized groups in India; governance and public institutions; and higher education. Prof. Kapur has published award-winning books, Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India on India (Princeton University Press, 2012) and a joint publication, The Other One Percent: Indians in American (Oxford University Press, 2016), in addition to other books and edited works.

Prof. Roselyn Hsueh

Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University

Prof. Roselyn Hsueh is an associate professor of political science at Temple University and the co-director of the Political Economy Certificate program. She has written on states and markets, comparative regulation and governance, globalization and development, and has frequented international news outlets to discuss her research and comment on international politics, finance and trade, and comparative economic development. She has authored two books,  Micro-Institutional Foundations of Capitalism: Sectoral Pathways to Globalization in China, India, and Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization (Cornell University Press, 2011), as well as published numerous scholarly articles and chapters. She has also testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and has consulted for the Center for Strategic International Studies.

Prof. Ling Chen

Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Ling Chen is an Assistant Professor of Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is a 2021-2022 Wilson China Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Before joining SAIS, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. Chen’s research interests lie in political economy and state-business relations, with a regional focus on China. Her articles have been published in American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, China Journal, Review of International Political Economy, and New Political Economy, in addition, to The Washington Post and Axios. Her first book, Manipulating Globalization (2018), explores the political roots of government-business coalitions and policy implementation in China. Chen received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, MA at the University of Toronto, and BA at Peking University.