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APOSS #82 “Leviathan’s Offer: State-building with Elite Compensation in Early Medieval China”

In the 82nd APOSS session, Erik H. Wang (Australian National University) presented his coauthored work with Joy Chen (Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business) and Xiaoming Zhang (Hong Kong University) on how to soften resistance to state-building efforts by reform losers. Tianyang Xi (Peking) and Clair Z. Yang (University of Washington) and several audience members provided many detailed and thoughtful comments.

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APOSS #81 “State Building, Elite Politics, and Population Classification: A Comparative Study of China and North Korea”

In the 81st APOSS session, Jung-eun Kim (Heidelberg) presented her coauthored paper with Juan Wang (McGill) on the the differences in the population classification systems of two Communist states, China and North Korea. Peng Peng (Duke) and several audience members provided many detailed and thoughtful comments.

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APOSS #80 “The Legacy of Authoritarianism in a Democracy”

In the 80th APOSS session, Pramod Kumar Sur (Asian Growth Research Institute and Osaka University) presented his paper on the long-run political consequences of authoritarianism in India. Rikhil Bhavnani (Wisconsin) and Harunobu Saijo (Duke) provided many detailed and thoughtful comments.

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APOSS #79 “Governing the Empire: Meritocracy and Patronage in Imperial China”

In the 79th APOSS session, Peng Peng (Duke) presented her paper on how perceived conflict risk determines appointment patterns in authoritarian regimes. Jack Paine (Rochester) and Erik H. Wang (ANU) provided many detailed and thoughtful comments.

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APOSS #78 “Dictators and their Repressive Agents: Authoritarian Judiciary, Information Screening, and State Repression”

In the 78th APOSS session, Howard Liu (Essex) presented his paper on the judiciary system and the principal-agent relationship between the ruler and judges. Fiona Shen Bayh (William and Mary), Brett Carter (USC), and Moohyung Cho (Ewha Womans University), and Matthew Nanes (Saint Louis University) provided many detailed and thoughtful comments.

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APOSS #77 “Party Competition and Turnout: Evidence from Japan”

In the 77th APOSS session, Hikaru Yamagishi (Yale) presented her paper arguing that parties’ decisions to coordinate differentially affect voters’ willingness to turn out to vote. Tine N. Paulsen (NYU) and Michael Thies (UCLA) provided very helpful comments on conceptual and theoretical matters.

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APOSS #76 “Credit for Compliance: How Institutional Proliferation Establishes Control in China”

In the 76th APOSS session, Haemin Jee (Stanford) presented her paper arguing that autocrats strategically engage in institutional proliferation, the creation of new information-gathering and punitive institutions. Pearce Edwards (Carnegie Mellon University), Ji Yeon Hong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Jieun Kim (University of Pennsylvania) provided very helpful comments on theoretical and empirical matters.

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APOSS #75 “Subsidies for Sale: Post-government Career Concerns, Revolving-Door Channels, and Public Resource Misallocation in China”

In the 75th APOSS session, Zeren Li (Yale) presented his paper arguing that the post-government career concerns of public officials distort public resource allocation while still in office. Junyan Jiang (Columbia) and Trevor Incerti (Yale) provided very helpful comments on theoretical and empirical matters.

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APOSS #74 “When Nondemocratic Allies are Preferable: Domestic Politics, Asymmetry, and Alliance Cooperation”

In the 74th APOSS session, Yasuki Kudo (Kentucky) presented his paper arguing that nondemocratic institutions are useful for the maintenance of some alliance relationships.  Sarah E. Croco (Maryland) and Todd S. Sechser (UVA) provided extremely helpful comments of all manner of issues.

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APOSS #73 “Can Shared Experiences Reduce Outgroup Prejudice? A Survey Experiment from Myanmar”

In the 73rd APOSS session, Isabel Chew (UBC) and Jangai Jap (Texas) presented their paper on how outgroup prejudice can be reduced. Donghyun Danny Choi (Pittsburgh) and I offered helpful comments of all manner of issues.