Patricia Rodríguez Hölkemeyer, Professor,
School of Political Science, University of Costa Rica
Embassy of Poland
Since the beginning of economic reforms, China has produced its institutional innovations through the pragmatic process of trial and error. In her recent book, Sistema Político Chino (The Chinese Political System: Beyond Stereotypes), Professor Rodríguez examines the top-down – bottom-up political process and how the Chinese regime has generated creativity and an extraordinary learning capacity that has not been adequately noted or appreciated by scholars and political leaders in the West.
Professor Rodríguez will look at how rapid economic growth has permitted China's form of party-government to become a political body capable of self-knowledge, resilience and adaptation and to confront and correct its course according to the effects of its decisions.
Patricia Rodríguez Hölkemeyer is full professor at the School of Political Science, University of Costa Rica. She served as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in China (2008-2010); and as part-time professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Costa Rica; and at the International Center of Economic Policy, National University (UNA), Costa Rica (2002-2006). Professor Rodríguez has written several books and articles on Chinese economic policy and politics, US-China relations, geopolitics, and most recently, Sistema Político Chino (The Chinese Political System: Beyond Stereotypes) (2012; Spanish only).