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Law and Political Economy in China: The Role of Law in Corporate Governance and Market Growth

October 11, 2023

12:20 pm - 1:45 pm

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Prof. Tamar Groswald Ozery (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) will present her new book, in discussion with Prof. William Alford (Harvard Law School), Dr. Rui Guo (EALS Visiting Scholar), Prof. Nicholas Howson (Michigan Law), Prof. Mariana Pargendler (FGV Law School), Prof. Meg Rithmire (Harvard Business School).

In her new book, Law and Political Economy in China: The Role of Law in Corporate Governance and Market Growth (Cambridge University Press, 2023), Tamar Groswald Ozery takes a law & political economy approach to deconstruct the role of law in China’s market development since 1978.

Please join us for a book launch event featuring a panel of international corporate governance and China law experts. Professor Groswald Ozery, Professor Rithmire, and Dr. Guo will join Professor Alford in person. Professor Howson and Professor Pargendler will participate via Zoom.

Discussion will mainly focus on the role of formal law in governing markets during the “Legalized Politicization Era” (2010–present), the present era of market development in China. Covered extensively in the book, the present era reveals a shift in China’s political–economic equilibrium. The authorities over governing markets are being reconfigured to handle the consequences of prior era state capitalism. Such reconfiguration of market governance is achieved through the mobilization of legal institutions in two main directions: intensifying the presence of the regulatory state in the market and shifting substantial market governance powers directly to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).


  • Tamar Groswald Ozery, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • William P. Alford (moderator), Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Director of East Asian Legal Studies, Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Harvard Law School
  • Rui Guo, Visiting Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
  • Nicholas C. Howson, Pao Li Tsiang Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Mariana Pargendler, Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School; Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (effective July 2024)
  • Meg Rithmire, F. Warren MacFarlan Associate Professor, Business, Government, and International Economy Unit, Harvard Business School

Learn about the book on the Cambridge University Press website (public site).
Access the complete e-book on Cambridge Core through the Harvard Library (Harvard login required).

Boxed lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the East Asian Legal Studies program at Harvard Law School, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at Harvard Kennedy School.

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