Date/Time: Wed 18 Oct / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
School of Social Sciences (SoSS)
Politics and International Relations Seminar Series
China Challenges Global Governance? The Case of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Chinese Development Finance
Many scholars and practitioners of international politics observe a growing Chinese challenge to the ‘rules-based, liberal international order’. In particular, Beijing’s recent creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was seen by some as a major challenge to existing organisations governing international development financing. Though broadly concurring with more sanguine accounts emphasising the AIIB’s similarity to extant institutions, this talk will go further to argue that the full extent of China’s challenge to global governance cannot be understood without reference to the ongoing transformation of the Chinese party-state: the fragmentation, decentralisation and internationalisation of state apparatuses. These processes mean that the AIIB is just one, relatively marginal, institution among many in China’s messy international development financing field, alongside policy banks, commercial banks, functional ministries, provincial governments and state-owned enterprises. Contestation among these fragmented, decentralised and internationalised agencies will shape China’s real challenge to global economic governance, which will often be an unintended and non-strategic one.
Shahar Hameiri is Associate Professor of International Politics and Associate Director of the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs, University of Queensland. He obtained his PhD from the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University in 2009. His most recent books are International Intervention and Local Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017), co-authored with Caroline Hughes and Fabio Scarpello, and Governing Borderless Threats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), co-authored with Lee Jones. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations and Development and Change. He is currently working on an Australian Research Council-funded project, ‘Rising Powers and State Transformation’, with Lee Jones (Queen Mary University of London) and Shaun Breslin (Warwick University). He tweets @ShaharHameiri
For more information, please contact Paul Muldoon on 9905 2972.
Wednesday 18th October
03:00pm – 05:00pm
N402, Menzies Building