While social policy and social affairs have long been under Party control in China, new developments at and after the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October 2022 now promise to further strengthen that control and coordination. In this talk, Professor Mark Sidel, a longtime specialist in civil society and nonprofit issues in China, will review what we know so far about the formation and developing roles of the Party’s Central Social Affairs Department, the new Party group tasked with policy formation over a wide range of social policy issues, and what this development may mean for Party-state policy coordination and boundaries on social policy issues and other possible implications. No registration required.

Speaker: Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Moderator: Qin Gao, Professor and Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, Director of China Center for Social Policy, Columbia University School of Social Work