Yao Han

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Yao Han is a PhD Candidate in School of Politics and International Relations at the University College Dublin and a PhD researcher in Geary Institute for Public Policy at the University College Dublin. Beyond her doctoral research on international trade and conflict embedded in networks, she has broad research interests such as innovation and development. Her related research includes the clusters of ICT industries in mainland China, industrial clusters and regional competitiveness and spillover effects of innovative clusters.

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2017/05/13 | Yao Han

Book Review: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project by Kristen Hopewell

In 'Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project,' Kristen Hopewell argues that the active pursuit of their own interests by emerging powers leads neo-liberalism into stalemate. Using the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as an example, the book not only illustrates a power shift, but also that the demands of emerging powers embracing the existing rules make consensus harder to reach. Yao Han appreciates the bold and innovative interpretations of the power interactions behind the WTO offered by this work.

2016/11/17 | Yao Han

BOOK REVIEW: 'China’s Next Strategic Advantage'

In 'China’s Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation to Innovation', George S. Yip and Bruce McKern suggest that China has leapt successfully from being an imitative to an innovative country. As Chinese companies become increasingly innovative and perform better in domestic and international markets, the authors argue that other countries need to learn from China or risk lagging behind. Besides analyzing both Chinese firms and MNCs in China, the book also taps into questions of open innovation and intellectual property protection practices. Yao Han appreciates the use of detailed examples and cases in illustrating the process towards innovation in China.