Author Edward Steinfeld discusses his recently published ‘Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West.’ Dr. Steinfeld explores how contemporary Chinese enterprises actually engage the global economy and participate in a global division of labor, challenging the idea that Chinese firms are rising at their Western counterparts’ expense. He also challenges the claim that political change in China has lagged behind economic transformation. Steinfeld argues instead that the Chinese growth story is fundamentally about China’s internalization of the rules and practices of advanced industrial nations. China has grown not by conjuring up its own unique political-economic institutions, but instead by increasingly harmonizing with our own.Dr. Steinfeld is an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, director of the MIT-China Program and co-director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center’s China Energy Group.
Dr. Edward Steinfeld
Edward Steinfeld is a professor of political economy in the MIT Department of Political Science and co-director of the China Energy Group in the MIT Industrial Performance Center. Steinfeld received his BA, MA, and PhD in political science from Harvard University. In addition to a variety of academic articles, Steinfeld is the author of Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West (Oxford, 2010) and Forging Reform in China: The Fate of State-Owned Industry (Cambridge, 1998). Steinfeld is the author of numerous articles in both academic and non-academic journals, including Comparative Politics, Political Studies, World Development, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The South China Morning Post. Steinfeld is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations, as well as a member of the academic committee of the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance at Tsinghua University.