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Scott Kennedy
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures


Goodbody Hall, 205 | (812) 856-0105 | Send Email

Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business
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  • Ph.D., George Washington University, 2002

Professor Kennedy is a specialist on Chinese politics and political economy. His research interests include government-business relations, the policy-making process, and international regimes. He is author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005), which documents the growing influence of Chinese and multinational companies on China's national economic policies. He has also published articles in the China Quarterly, China Journal, Asia Policy, Political Science Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Problems of Post-Communism, and China Business Review.

He currently is engaged in three book projects. The first, "Mandarins Playing Capitalist Games," examines how interest groups, domestic political institutions, and the rules of international organizations shape Chinese government and industry participation in the global economic system. It is concerned with both Chinese involvement in international bodies such as the World Trade Organization as well as with China's creation and implementation of relevant regulatory structures domestically. The second project, "The Politics of Lobbying in China," looks at the continuing evolution of lobbying in China, with attention paid to both emerging formal institutions such as industry associations and informal practices and norms. The third project, "Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics," based on an international conference Kennedy hosted at IU in May 2006, is an edited volume that considers the various aspects of China's political economy in comparative perspective.

Kennedy has sought to cross multiple boundaries and bridge different approaches: the comparative-international relations sub-fields, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and area studies and general theory building. In both his research and teaching, he tries to emphasize that understanding different problems may require different approaches, and often several perspectives are needed.