Sebastian Heilmann

Sebastian Heilmann
President, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Sebastian Heilmann is the founding president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, one of the largest international think tanks for research into contemporary China, and a professor for the political economy of China. Heilmann has many years’ experience providing advice to German and European policy-makers.

Heilmann co-edited Mao's Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (Harvard University Press, 2011, with Elizabeth J. Perry). His book China's Foreign Political and Economic Relations: An Unconventional Global Power (2014, co-authored with Dirk H. Schmidt) brings a European perspective to the international debate on China’s global rise. Heilmann is the editor and principal author of a comprehensive volume on China’s Political System (2016, English and German language editions) that includes numerous case studies of Chinese economic and technology policies.

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