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CCCI Spring 2015 Highlight: John Yasuda discusses scale politics in China's food safety system

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CCCI Lectures Series Spring 2015: John Yasuda - "Why Is My Milk Blue?: China's Food Safety Crisis and Scale Politics" (March 16, 2015)

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Why is China’s food safety system failing? Rather than explanations based on the country’s level of economic development, corruption, and state capacity, John Yasuda (Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Research on Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania) argues that China’s food safety failures result from its inability to resolve disruptive scale politics as governance systems operating at multiple scales - national, provincial, prefectural, and county - are forced to integrate. More broadly, he suggests China’s adaptive, informal mode of governance serves as a weak template for regulatory integration across scales.