International Workshop on China’s Regulatory Reforms

All day
Through December 18, 2013

Dec. 17


School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago


About the Workshop

With China’s remarkable socioeconomic changes have come growing regulatory challenges. Since the early 1990s, China has adopted a broad array of regulatory reforms and these reforms have attracted increasing attention from the scholarly and policy communities. Is China moving toward a regulatory state? How and why? How do regulatory regimes differ sectorally and spatially? Why? These are but some of the questions that can be asked about the field.

To encourage further research and collaboration on China’s regulatory reforms, the School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University of China, the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago co-organize this International Workshop on China’s Regulatory Reforms, with special focus on critical issues in China’s regulatory state-building in areas of social regulation, food and drug safety, environmental protection and workplace safety.

During the one-day-and-a-half workshop, scholars from higher education institutions and think tanks in China, Israel and the U.S. will present their findings for comments and discussions in the hope of furthering academic exchanges in the research of regulations.


Tuesday, December 17


AM: Renmin University of China

PM: University of Chicago Center in Beijing

08:45    Registration at Yifu Conference Center, Renmin University of China

09:00   Opening Remarks Keyong DONG, Dean, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Dali YANG, Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Panel 1: Overview of China’s Regulatory Reforms

09:15     Moderator: Shiji GAO, Institute for Resources and Environmental Policy Studies, Development Research Center of the State Council

09:20    Administrative licensing and Regulatory Reform in China, Neysun MAHBOUBI, Center for the Study for Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University

09:45     The Odyssey of the Regulatory State: From the United States to China, David LEVI-FAUR, Department of Political Science and the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

10:10     Discussion

10:40     Break

Panel 2: Occupational Safety in China

11:00      Moderator: Keyong DONG

11:05     China’s Labor Security Supervision System: Current Situation and Challenges, Wenzhen WANG, Research Office of Labor Law and Social Security Law, Chinese Academy of Labor and Social Security, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security

11:30     Governance Structure, Interest, and Incentives: The Institutional Foundation of China’s Occupational Safety Administration Values, Wei HAN, Chinese Academy of Labor and Social Security, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security

11:55      The Politics of Drunken Driving Regulation in China, Chenjia XU, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Dali YANG, University of Chicago

12:20     Discussion

12:45      Lunch

Panel 3: Food and Drug Safety in China

14:15      Moderator: Dali YANG

14:20     What Determines Administrative Reform? Comparative Study of  Local Food and Drug Regulatory System Reform in China, Yinglian HU, Department of Social and Cultural Studies, Chinese Academy of Governance

14:45      The Role of Expert Consultation in Risk Regulation: An Illusion from Drug Approval in China, Hualin SONG, Law School, Nankai University

15:10       Food Safety and Political Trust in China, Xiaolong WU and Dali YANG, University of Chicago Center in Beijing

15:35       Break

16:00      Regulation of Entry: A Study of the Food QS System in China, Yaping LIU, School of Government, Sun Yat-Sen University

16:25     One Regulatory State, Two Regulatory Regimes: Understanding Dual Regimes in China’s Regulatory State Building through Food Safety, Peng LIU, School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China

16:50     Discussion

17:20      Dinner


Wednesday, December 18

Venue: University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Panel 4: Environmental Regulation in China

09:00    Moderator: Neysun MAHBOUBI

09:05    Building China’s Enviromental Regulatory System from the Perspective of Building a Modern State, Shiji GAO and Jianpeng CHEN, Institute for Resources and Environmental Policy Studies,  Development Research Center of the State Council

09:30    Regulatory Compliance in its Institutional Setting: China’s Environmental Reform, Wai-Hang YEE, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

09:55     Local Legislation and Enviromental Enforcement, Dali YANG, University of Chicago (The presentation is a joint work of Qun BAO, Nankai Univerisity and Dali YANG.)

10:20     Regulatory Innovation and Sustaninable Development in Emerging Economies: the Case of China and Climate Change, Alex WANG, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

10:45    Discussion

11:15     Break

11:30    Workshop wraps up and closing remarks

12:00     Lunch


Keyong Dong is currently Dean and Professor of School of Public Administration and Policy.  His main research fields include Labor and Social Welfare Policy Analysis, Human Resources Management, and Social Security Theory.  Dr. Dong received his Master’s and PhD in Economics from Renmin University in 1985 and has since been working at his alma mater.  He is former Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan and the China National School of Public Administration.  Among the many positions he holds in professional associations, he is President of the China Administration Society, China Association of Labor Studies, China Association of Human Resource Development, as well as Deputy Director of the Education Directorate Committee, Public Administration Discipline of the Ministry of Education; Committee Member, National MPA Education Directorate, China.  He is also Editor of the International Journal of Human Resources Management.

Shi-Ji Gao is Research Fellow and Director General, Institute for Resources and Environmental Policy Studies, Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council. He earned a B.Sc in Mathematics (National University of Defense Technologies, China) and a Ph.D. in Systems Management (City University,UK).  He served as Director-General of DRC’s Information Center (December 2011 to March 2013) and moved to current post in April 2013. His interests of research include institutional building for China’s economic and social development, regulatory reform in network utilities, environmental regulation, public policies for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and innovation policy and the national innovation system.  He is also an Adjunct Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University.

Wei Han received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China in 2013, specializing in Public Administration.  He is currently a researcher of the Chinese Academy of Labor and Social Security of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. His main research interests include labor policy and government regulatory processes.

Yinglian Hu is associate professor at Department of Social and Cultural Studies at Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) in Beijing, where he conducts research on government regulation, policy analysis and social governance. He also serves as an adjunct research fellow of Center of Crisis Management Research (CCMR) at Tsinghua University.  Professor Hu received his L. L. B. degree from Law School of Tsinghua University in 2005 and his Ph. D. degree in management from School of Public Policy & Management of Tsinghua University in 2010. During his study in Tsinghua, he also studied in Faculty of Law at Hong Kong University and Department of Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University as an exchange student for one year.  His doctoral dissertation focused on the institutional transition of food and drug administrative system in China.

David Levi-Faur is an Israeli political scientist and academic who specialize in comparative political economy and public policy, regulation and governance. He is currently at the Department of Political Science and The Federmann School of Public Policy & Government, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is one of the main authorities on regulation in the social sciences. He is co-editor and co-founder of a new Journal peer reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal called Regulation & Governance. His other outsanding partners in this enterprise are John Braithwaite (ANU, Australia) and Cary Coglianese (Penn, USA). He is working on research on the rise of the Regulatory Capitalism and its global diffusion as well as on Variations in Regulatory Capitalism.

Peng Liu is currently an associate professor from School of Public Administration & Policy, Renmin University of China. He received his Ph.D. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008 after he graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Currently he is a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  His research mainly focuses on Chinese politics, risk governance and regulation, food & drug regulation. He is a visiting professor of Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan in US.  He is also a part-time research fellow for China Research Center for Public Policy and ChangCe Thinktank.  In addition, he has conducted a series of policy consultancy research projects for China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), Ministry of Civil Affairs and China Pharmacopoeia Committee.

Yaping Liu is an associate professor in Sun Yat-sen university who focuses on regulation and intergovernmental relations. She graduated from Sun Yat-sen University of China, and visited Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 2008-2009. She has published widely on issues concerning food safety regulation, water pollution, as well as workplace safety regulation. She advises the Guangdong Provincial Committee of Market Regulation on issues concerning regulatory reforms as well as provincial legislation.

Neysun A. Mahboubi is a Research Scholar of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Visiting Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.  His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law.  He is co-chair of the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, consults for The Asia Foundation on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School.  He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. (Politics and East Asian Studies) from Princeton University.

Hualing Song is an Associate Professor of Law at Nankai University Law School in Tianjin, China.  Professor Song received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in pharmacy and drug law at China Pharmaceutical University, and his Doctoral degree in constitutional and administrative law from Zhejiang University Law School.  He is one of China’s leading scholars on food and drug law, and has served as the principal researcher on several research projects pertaining to food safety regulation, drug safety regulation, pediatric drug approval procedures, drug user fee, regulation of orphan drugs, and related topics.  He participated in the revision of Food Safety Law and Drug Administration Law, and has participated in numerous rulemakings concerning drug registration and standards.

Alex Wang is an Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA.  His primary research and teaching interests are in environmental law, Chinese law, comparative law, and torts.  He has been a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley School of Law.  He was a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in Beijing and the founding director of NRDC’s China Environmental Law & Governance Project for nearly six years.  Professor Wang holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and earned his B.S. in Biology with distinction from Duke University.  He was a fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations  (2008-10), and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.  He is a regular speaker on issues related to China and environmental protection.

Wenzhen Wang is currently a research fellow of the China Academy of Labor and Social Security, and Director of the Research Office of Labor Law and Social Security Law of the academy of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.  He is also secretary general of the Institute of Chinese Labor Law Research.  He graduated from the Department of Law of Sun Yat-sent University in July 1986 with a bachelor’s degree of law and then from the Department of Law of Peking University in 1989 specializing in civil law with a master’s degree.

Xiaolong Wu is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy studies, earning a Master’s of Public Policy with honors.  He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a B.A. in English and International Studies.  His research focus is bureaucracy and political accountability of authoritarian regimes, as well as political economy.

Chenjia Xu holds a Master Degree in Development Studies and is completing a research degree in sociology and anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Her major research interests include food and foodways, especially dairy consumption and production in China. In addition she is also interested in governance and governmentality and has conducted some research on the regulatory capacity of Chinese state.

Dali L. Yang is Professor of Political Science and in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago and founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.  Among Professor Yang’s books are Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics of Governance in China (Stanford University Press, 2004); Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change since the Great Leap Famine (Stanford University Press, 1996); Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China (Routledge, 1997).

Wai-Hang (Henry) Yee received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Hong Kong. He examined China’s recent environmental reform for his PhD degree at the University of Southern California (USC).  Since 2006, he has been collaborating with an international network of scholars, studying how political-institutional environments shape structures and performances of public agencies among OECD countries. Since 2011, with colleagues from the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC, he has also been researching on the social movement of Home Owner Associations (HOAs) in China.


Organizers: Dali Yang (Department of Political Science) in collaboration with Keyong Dong (School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University)

(Photos by Yuxuan Li)