Diederik Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government
For my summer course on the evolving economic relationship between the United States and India and China, I'm reading Martin Jacques's When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order. Jacques argues that it's a mistake to believe that China will become more like the West as it integrates more fully and assumes part leadership of the global economy. Rather, he posits, China's social, political, and cultural ascendancy will give its economic prowess vibrancy and power far beyond the merely economic. Controversial and provocative, this book forces us to think about our longstanding assumptions about the possible future world order.