In the 58th APOSS session, Anam Kuraishi (University of Essex) presented her paper on how post-truth narratives inform decision making for the individual in accepting and believing narratives to be truthful. Adam J. Berinsky (MIT) and Charles Crabtree (me, Dartmouth) provided stellar comments – definitely true for Adam, maybe not for me – and the public attendees offered many useful suggestions.
In the 57th APOSS session, Keith Preble (University at Albany, SUNY) and Charmaine Willis (University at Albany, SUNY) presenting their project on economic sanctions and North Korea. They argue that economic sanctions limit the ability of the US and its allies from incorporating North Korea into their trade networks and in doing so, undermine the coercive power of economic sanctions. Benjamin Habib (La Trobe University), Justin Hastings (University of Sydney), Jay Song (University of Melbourne), and Lauren Sukin (Stanford University) provided stellar comments and the public attendees offered many useful suggestions.
A little spring cleaning was in order around here. As part of it, I’ve renamed the Asian Online Political Science Seminar Series (AOPSSS) to be the Asian Politics Online Seminar Series (APOSS).
Looking forward to seeing y’all at the next session! ✌️
In the 56th AOPSSS session, Austin Mitchell (Texas A&M University at Qatar) and Weiwen Yin (The Education University of Hong Kong) presented their project on how variation in growth related to fiscal decentralization partially results from heterogeneity in political institutions. Nicholas Anderson (George Washington), Debin Ma (Hitotsubashi University), and Tuan-Hwee Sng (National University of Singapore) provided many helpful comments.
In the fifty-fourth AOPSSS session, Van Tran (Cornell University) presented her project on the role of state repertoire in shaping bystander response toward pro-democracy activism, with case studies from Myanmar. Alex Braithwaite (Arizona State) and Jenifer M. Whitten-Woodring (UMass Lowell) provided many helpful comments.
In the fifty-third AOPSSS session, Timothy Fraser (Northeastern) presented his project on support for antinuclear candidates in Japan. He finds that communities with stronger bonding, in-group social ties are more likely to mobilize against nuclear power, especially in communities with greater constituencies of women voters. Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan University), Jacques E. C. Hymans (University of Southern California), and Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna (Southern Methodist University) provided many helpful comments.
In the fifty-first AOPSSS session, Ikuma Ogura (Georgetown) pesented his paper that decomposes the mechanisms lying behind partisanship and social relationships empirically. Matthew Blackwell (Harvard), Andrew Engelhardt (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Yphtach Lelkes (University of Pennsylvania), and Alexander Theodoridis (UMass) offered a wide variety of very helpful comments.
In the fiftieth AOPSSS session, Theodore Charm (Texas) presented his paper showing that grievances towards the government and post-materialist values interact to increase Hongkongers’ propensity to protest. Edmund Cheng (City University of Hong Kong), Tak-Wing Ngo (University of Macau), and Samson Yuen (Hong Kong Baptist University) provided a range of extremely helpful comments.