Headlines at Hopkins
News Release

Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

Media Advisory
Johns Hopkins Political Scientist Available to Discuss
China's Economy on the Eve of the Olympics

July 31, 2008
TO: Producers, editors, reporters
FROM: Amy Lunday | 443-287-9960 | acl@jhu.edu
RE: Johns Hopkins political scientist available to discuss China's economy on the eve of the Olympics

In preparation for the Olympics, China has spent an estimated $42 billion, a record-breaking sum that is only a fraction of China's $4 trillion gross domestic product, according to the Wall Street Journal. While this big government spending is emblematic of China's explosive economic growth, the emerging capitalist economy in that nation is largely fueled by millions of small off-the-books transactions made each day by back-alley entrepreneurs, operating independently of Communist Party oversight or support, according to Kellee Tsai, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and author of Capitalism without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China and Back Alley Banking: Private Entrepreneurs in China (both published by Cornell University Press). As a result of her years of research supported by the National Science Foundation, Tsai can talk with reporters about the political implications of capitalism in China and the pressure from the West to adopt democracy. She can also discuss the importance of informal institutions in private-sector development and the political influence of private entrepreneurs.

Due to travel, Tsai will have limited availability, primarily via e-mail, until Aug. 8. To contact Tsai, e-mail Amy Lunday at acl@jhu.edu or call 443-287-9960.

> A podcast with Tsai (November 2007)
> Tsai's Web site
> Link to the Wall Street Journal article referenced above