UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Alexandre Gomes on Chinese Bureaucracy for Innovation-driven Development

17 January 2024, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm


Join us at UCL IIPP for a talk by Alexandre Gomes

This event is free.

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Hosted at UCL IIPP on Wednesday 17th January 2024 from 12:00 - 13:30 (GMT) for a talk by Alexandre Gomes.

Alexandre Gomes will talk about their book: A Chinese Bureaucracy for Innovation-driven DevelopmentThe book scrutinizes the attempts by the Chinese party-state bureaucracy since the 2000s to advance innovation and technological upgrading. It examines insights from the developmental state debate – the need for a bureaucracy to achieve internal coherence and the capacity of that bureaucracy both to forge coalitions between bureaucrats, businessmen, and scientists and to discipline domestic companies. Moreover, it assesses efforts to foster technological upgrading in the semiconductor and electric vehicle industries. While there are significant differences between China and earlier successful developmental states, with the former facing problems such as the legacies of short-termism, limited monitoring capabilities, and flawed discipline over business, the authors find that, compared with other emerging capitalist economies, the Chinese bureaucracy has developed strong capabilities to advance 'innovation-driven development.' This Element seeks to provide avenues for comparing China with other late developers.

This brown bag lecture is part of Creative Bureaucracy brown bags on Wednesdays throughout Term 2.
The talk is being organised as an enrichment event as part of an IIPP MPA module led by Prof Rainer Kattel. Students who would like to be notified of other events in the future can sign up by emailing IIPPComms@ucl.ac.uk.

  • Alexandre Gomes, Research Fellow in the School of Economics, Finance and Law at ARU.

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About the Speaker

Dr Alexandre De Podestá Gomes

Research Fellow at School of Economics, Finance and Law at ARU

Dr. Alexandre De Podestá Gomes
Alexandre completed his PhD in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in early 2019, and has published in leading journals, such as the Cambridge Journal of Economics.

He did his undergraduate degree in Economics at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), in Brazil, and his Master's in Contemporary Development of China, at Beijing Normal University, in China, being awarded a scholarship by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), the Chinese Ministry of Education's non-profit organization that provides support for international academic exchange with China.

Alexandre’s research is mainly characterized by a commitment to interdisciplinarity and pluralism. His research encompasses different aspects of the political economy of economic development, focusing on innovation, industrial policies, regional development, and institutions. His current research focuses on the political economy of China’s industrial policies for electric vehicles and semiconductors.

Alexandre has previously taught at SOAS, Goldsmiths University, and at Constructor University (previously known as Jacobs University Bremen), where he was a Postdoctoral Researcher for three years.

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