Antoine KERNEN

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+ Antoine KERNEN

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Lausanne

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Research Interests: state workers in China, Chinese economic reform, Chinese in Africa, Chinese goods in Africa, Chinese State Owned enterprises in Africa

Bio: Antoine Kernen has a PhD in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He worked at the Institute of International Studies and Development in Geneva and currently at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne. Adopting a perspective of political sociology, his work on the Chinese transition, analyze various aspects of the privatization process (emergence of the private sector, transformation of the social system, labor protests, the emergence of a third sector). His publications include: China towards a market economy, privatization in Shenyang (Paris Karthala 2004) and (with F.-X. Merrien, R. Parchet) The welfare state: An International Perspective (Paris, Armand Colin, 2005) In parallel for several years, he leads and conducts researches on Chinese presence in Africa. After early work on small Chinese traders in Africa «Small and Medium-sized Chinese Businesses in Mali and Senegal », African and Asian Studies (9 2010) , he currently focus his interest on the impact of Chinese products in Africa and the role of China in a possible return of a developmental state in Africa. He recently published (with Katy Lam) « Workforce Localization among Chinese State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in Ghana », Journal of Contemporary China, (23:90), « The Revolution of Chinese Goods in Africa: Mass Consumption and New Material Culture » (with Guive Khan Mohammed) or “Africa facing the Chinese economic power », in a special issue of Politique Africaine he coordinate "China Ltd: A business African" (No. 134/2014).