IDS Bulletin Special Issue: Call for Papers

17 June 2013

The IDS Bulletin brings together the latest thinking and research from programmes and events at IDS and presents them in an accessible way for development practitioners, policymakers and researchers. It is the flagship publication of the Institute of Development Studies. For over 40 years it has covered the major themes and influenced debates within international development.

It is therefore an honour and a great publishing opportunity to have an issue of the IDS Bulletin dedicated to the theme of "China and International Development: Opportunities and Challenges." The date for this IDS Bulletin special issue publication is May 2014. The Editorial Board for this issue is composed of the following members: Jing Gu, Gerry Bloom and Xiulan Zhang.

China has maintained an unprecedented average rate of economic growth of around 9% for over two decades. Both sides of the cost-benefit equation are visible: the benefits for those included, and the inequities and exclusion of those left out. Scholars are becoming increasingly interested in the implications of China's 'rising power'. The role of China in international development has risen in prominence in recent years, with China's relationship with Africa receiving most attention. In this context, this special issue of the IDS Bulletin intends to present key lessons from China's high-speed growth and their relevance to other low- and middle-income countries.

The Bulletin will analyse how the internal dynamics of China's political and policy processes influence that country's engagement with low income countries (LICs). Papers addressing the discussion outlined and the following questions are welcomed.

  • How can we explain and what do we understand by 'development' as it is understood and practiced within China?
  • What does China's own development path imply for mainstream development theories? Where does China as a developing country fit within the field of development studies?
  • What are the domestic economic, social and political costs and benefits associated with China's rapid development?
  • What is the role of the state, business, and civil society in China's development? What are the lessons for other developing countries, especially low to middle income countries?
  • What strategies did the Chinese Government employ in its major Western China Development Programme?
  • What are the lessons for other countries wishing to invest in an accelerated programme of development?
  • What strategies does the Chinese Government use to support poverty-struck counties?
  • What works well and what problems have emerged? Where does China as a growing Power, investor, consumer and donor fit within specific regional and global development regimes?
  • How does this affect China's sense of itself as a rising Power and agency of development?
  • How does China engage with other multilateral and bilateral development agencies?
  • Is China's development path distinct, perhaps even unique, among states throughout modern history or can we see similarities or commonalities in the emergence of Brazil and India and re-emergence of Russia?
  • What new patterns of South-South collaboration can be identified today and what is the role of China in this?
  • How does such collaboration relate to China's new global role in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

Papers should be based on original research and should not have been published elsewhere.

How to apply

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please submit a short abstract of your paper (approx. 250 words) and a short CV to by July 25, 2013. We will notify selected authors by August 15, 2013, of their selection and expect the first 'zero' draft of the full paper from those selected by September 30, 2013. Full papers will be required by November 1, 2013.

The length of the papers should range between 5000-7000 words. To ensure that this issue publishes high quality work each selected paper will undergo rigorous peer review process.

Authors are requested to strictly follow the formatting requirements contained in the IDS Bulletin house style to ensure that papers comply with the journal's style.