Department of International Economics and Management


Room: POR/24B-3.59

Grounded in Western and Chinese political and political economic theory, my current research focuses on China's central State-owned enterprises (owned by the national state) in the energy sector, and especially their prevalent organization as large business groups. Goal is to illuminate the mix of political and economic missions these large groups have, being both for-profit, and at the same time strategic pillars of China's socioeconomic development. Being  tightly integrated with the party-state, the central SOEs also  increasingly hold significant political power. This has led to several issues regarding monopolies, hidden subsidies, rent-seeking, and ownership. My current project seeks to map the institutional development of central SOEs, to illuminate the nexus of party-state and business, and to further our understanding of the politically well-integrated Chinese form of the business group (qiye jituan), not least in the light of international theory of business groups and political economics.

Primary research areas
  • China's political economy
  • State-owned enterprises and business groups (企业集团)
  • Party-state-business relations, social networks, lobbying
  • Public sector reform and development, policy-making processes
  • Energy politics and institutions
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Selected publications
  • Brødsgaard K.E. and Grunberg N. (2012, June 16.) Den Kinesiske Ledelseskabale, Politiken, retrieved from
Publications & dissemination
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard; Nis Grünberg / Structural Reforms and CPC Power after the Third CPC Plenum, and the 1st Session of the 13th NPC
In: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2018, p. 106-125
Journal article
Nis Grünberg / Revisiting Fragmented Authoritarianism in China’s Central Energy Administration
In: Chinese Politics as Fragmented Authoritarianism: Earthquakes, Energy and Environment. . ed. /Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard. Abingdon : Routledge 2017, p. 15-37 (China Policy Series, Vol. 45)
Book chapter
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard; Nis Grünberg / Key Points of China’s Economic Programme After the Third Plenum of the CPC
In: China Report, Vol. 50, No. 4, 11.2014, p. 343-359
Journal article
Nis Grünberg / Matthew Crabbe, Myth-Busting China's Numbers: Understandig and Using China's Statistics
In: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2014, p. 139-140
Book review
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard; Nis Grünberg / The Fourth Plenum of the CPC Makes an Important Decision on Law Reform in China
In: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2014, p. 122-130
Journal article
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard; Nis Grünberg / Leadership Changes and Structural Reform after the 18th Party Congress in China
In: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2013, p. 81-94
Journal article
Nis Grünberg / Wang Ziaoqi : China's Civil Service Reform, Oxon and New York.
In: Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2013, p. 109-111
Book review