End of an Era: How China's Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise

The Strauss Center and Clements Center welcome Carl Minzner, Professor of Law at Fordham University, for a talk on his latest book, End of an Era: How China's Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, and is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.

China's reform era is ending. Core factors that characterized it-political stability, ideological openness, and rapid economic growth-are unraveling. Since the 1990s, Beijing's leaders have firmly rejected any fundamental reform of their authoritarian one-party political system, even as a decades-long boom has reshaped China's economy and society. On the surface, their efforts have been a success. But as Minzner shows, a closer look at China's reform era reveals a different truth. Over the past three decades, a frozen political system has fueled both the rise of entrenched interests within the Communist Party itself, and the systematic underdevelopment of institutions of governance among state and society at large. Economic cleavages have widened. Social unrest has worsened. Ideological polarization has deepened. End of an Era explains how China arrived at this dangerous turning point, and outlines the potential outcomes that could result.

Carl Minzner is an expert in Chinese law and governance. He has written extensively on these topics in both academic journals and the popular press, including op-eds appearing in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor. Prior to joining Fordham, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he has served as Senior Counsel for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, International Affairs Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations, and Yale-China Legal Education Fellow at the Xibei Institute of Politics and Law in Xi'an, China. He has also worked as an Associate at McCutchen & Doyle (Palo Alto, CA) and as a Law Clerk for Hon. Raymond Clevenger of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Sid Richardson Hall (SRH), SRH 3.122
2300 RED RIVER ST., Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Policy & Law


LBJ School of Public Affairs

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public



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