Developing Memory, Memories of Development

ISID invites you to its upcoming full-day conference at Thomson House, "Developing Memory, Memories of Development".  Full information and registration information can be found here: 


Rural Development in China and East Asia: Achieving Modernization through Campaign-Style Mobilization

Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:30to14:00
Peterson Hall Room 116, 3460 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E6, CA

A guest lecture by Professor Kristin Looney of Georgetown University.

Abstract:  Mobilizing for Development, by Kristen Looney, addresses the question of how countries achieve rural development. By comparing Taiwan, South Korea, and China, Looney shows that different types of development outcomes were realized to different degrees, at different times, and in different ways. She argues that rural modernization campaigns, defined as policies demanding high levels of mobilization to effect dramatic change, played a central role in the region and that divergent development outcomes stem from the interplay between campaigns and institutions. The analysis departs from the developmental state literature and demonstrates that rural development was not just a byproduct of industrialization.

Speaker bio: Kristen Looney is an assistant professor of Asian Studies and Government at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on Chinese and Comparative Politics. Her research is on East Asian development and governance. She holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.

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