“Dictators and their Repressive Agents: Authoritarian Judiciary, Information Screening, and State Repression” by Howard Liu

Registration required! Authors: Howard Liu (Essex) Abstract: In studying state repression, we often assume states of being unitary actors deciding and exercising repression. Yet in reality, dictators critically rely on agents to suppress political challengers, and the interaction between the ruler and repressive agents has important impacts on repression decisions. This study focuses on the judiciary system and […]

“Governing the Empire: Meritocracy and Patronage in Imperial China” by Peng Peng

Registration required! Author: Peng Peng (Duke)  Abstract: Conventional wisdom says autocrats pack bureaucracies with either loyalists or competent officials. However, political survival depends on both governance and coercion. Whereas autocrats use meritocracy to deliver governance, they use patronage appointments for coercion. Therefore perceived conflict risk determines appointment patterns in authoritarian regimes. I construct a dataset of 12,000 […]

“The Legacy of Authoritarianism in a Democracy” by Pramod Kumar Sur

Registration required! Author: Pramod Kumar Sur (Asian Growth Research Institute and Osaka University) Abstract: The recent democratic backsliding and rise of authoritarian regimes have rekindled our interest in understanding the cause and consequences of such authoritarian rule in democracies. In this paper, I study the long-run political consequences of authoritarianism in the context of India—the world’s largest democracy. […]

“Leviathan’s Offer: State-building with Elite Compensation in Early Medieval China” by Erik H. Wang

Registration required! Author: Erik H. Wang (Australian National University) Abstract: How to soften resistance to state-building efforts by reform losers? This paper highlights a strategy of compensation via the bureaucracy, in which the ruler offers meaningful government offices in exchange for elites’ acceptance of state-building reforms. We empirically explore this strategy in the context of the Northern Wei […]

“The Consequence of Chinese Aid on Public Opinion in Neighboring Asian Countries” by Jou Fei Huang and Elena V. McLean

Registration required! Authors: Jou Fei Huang (Buffalo) and Elena V. McLean (Buffalo). Abstract: Foreign aid is a method that a donor country uses to achieve its diplomatic goals, seek energy, tighten bilateral trading relationships or strengthen the bilateral relationship. Aside from other policy influences that a donor country intends to accomplish through aid projects, most of the time, […]

“Making Weaponized Interdependence Work: The Case of the Myanmar Sanctions Regime” by Keith A. Preble and Charmain N. Willis

Registration required! Authors: Keith A. Preble (Albany) and Charmaine N. Willis (Albany). Abstract: With the recent democratic backsliding in Myanmar (Burma), the United States and western countries have threatened to impose or have imposed economic sanctions on the junta. Our paper explores the efficacy of economic sanctions on Burma by examining the sanctions regimes between the 1988 uprising […]

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“Authoritarian Delegation to Single-minded Agents: Limitations of Political Control in Managing Policy Tradeoffs” by Hongshen Zhu

Registration required! Author: Hongshen Zhu (Duke) Abstract: Applying difference-in-difference estimations on daily mobility data during China’s COVID-19 epidemic and an original poverty elimination campaign dataset, this paper examines local officials’ decision-making in a high frequency and high salience setting. The ruling Communist Party center decentralized lockdown decision-making to hold local officials accountable to pandemic control results and leave […]

“Membership Recruitment Strategies in Single-Party Regimes: Evidence from China” by Fabio Angiolillo

Registration required! Author: Fabio Angiolillo (Hong Kong University) Abstract: In single-party regimes, what is the impact of changing social structure on ruling party decision-making in recruiting new rank-and-file members? Taking China as a case study, the paper analyzes the relationship between applicants to the Chinese Communist Party and ruling party’s selection strategy during the decade 2005-2015. The emergence […]

“Divergent Partnerships: National Variation & INGO-State Relations in CambodiaDivergent Partnerships: National Variation & INGO-State Relations in Cambodia” by Mary-Collier Wilks

Registration required! Authors: Mary-Collier Wilks (Stanford). Abstract: This article uses ethnographic and interview methods to compare two international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) implementing public health programs in Cambodia. Both INGOs formally adopt the same global script, public-nonprofit partnership, but enact this script very differently in implementation. One INGO successfully aligns the script with on the ground practice while the other […]