“Everyday Repression in China” by Lynette Ong

Registration required! Author: Lynette Ong (Toronto) Abstract: This paper addresses state’s outsourcing violence to third-party agents. It theorizes the concept of “everyday repression”, a banal and prosaic form of repression that uses low-level […]

“Government-Sponsored Information and Mass Perception in Autocracies: Evidence from an Information Correction Experiment on the COVID-19 in Kazakhstan” by Susumu Annaka, Masaaki Higashijima, & Gento Kato

Registration required! Authors: Susumu Annaka (Waseda University), Masaaki Higashijima (Tohoku University), and Gento Kato (Nazarbayev University). Abstract: How do ordinary citizens respond to government-sponsored information in autocracies? Although the recent literature has pointed to the importance of information credibility in authoritarian regimes, we know little about the manners in which information disseminated by authoritarian governments affects citizens’ behavior […]

“Religious Rhetoric in Politics: Competition versus Alignment” by Mohamed Salihin Subhan

Registration required! Author: Mohamed Salihin Subhan (UBC). Abstract: Why and how do governments use religious rhetoric? In this paper, I argue that governments use religious rhetoric in response to potential electoral threat from religious political actors, and that the nature of religious rhetoric usage depends on the perceived level of electoral threat. Political incumbents use competitive religious rhetoric […]