“Too Many Parties but None to Choose From? The Paradox of Opposition Fragmentation in Mixed-Member Majoritarian Systems” by Hikaru Yamagishi

Special ad hoc session for a student on the market. Registration required! Author: Hikaru Yamagishi (Yale). Abstract: In the most recent Japanese general election (2017), a leading reason for voter abstention was a lack of appropriate political parties from which to choose. How could this be the case when candidates ran from as many as 20 parties? I […]

“Yellow Peril Revived? Anti-Asian Racism and American Public Opinion on China” by Daegyeong (D.G.) Kim

Registration required! Author: Daegyeong (D.G.) Kim (UCSD). Abstract: I examine the under-explored link between U.S.-China geopolitical rivalry and anti-Asian racism in the United States with a focus on American public opinion. With a new measure of anti-Asian racial resentment and a series of original national surveys, the first study shows that negative sentiments against Asian Americans significantly […]

“The Public is Less Likely to Support Women (but not Men) Politicians When They Wear Masks” by Kiho Muroga & Charles Crabtree

Registration required! Kiho Muroga (Kyushu) and Charles Crabtree (Dartmouth) Abstract: The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed how elected officials govern, campaign, and present themselves. One key change is that politicians across the world often wear face masks when appearing in public. To what extent does this practice influence how the public perceives politicians? We investigate this question […]

“Partisan Distribution of Ministerial Portfolios in Asian-Pacific Democracies” by Jinhyuk Jang

Registration required! Author: Jinhyuk Jang (Pennsylvania State University). Abstract: How are ministerial portfolios distributed among coalition parties in Asian-Pacific democracies? Based on cases from Europe, and to a lesser extent Latin America and Africa, we know that party size affects the share of the cabinet any government parties will be offered. To date, little attention has been paid […]

“The Impact of Wars on Cultural Tolerance: Evidence from Classical Music Performances” by Masanori Kikuchi

Registration required! Authors: Masanori Kikuchi (Waseda). Abstract: What impact do wars leave on states’ tolerance toward foreign culture? Do regime types matter in determining the level of such tolerance? It is well-documented that democratic countries, despite their heralded values of liberty and diversity, acquiesce and even promote the practice of cultural intolerance in wartime. The evidence, however, remains […]

“Voting for Nostalgia?: Authoritarian Legacies and Political Behavior in East Asia” by Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell

Registration required! Authors: Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell (Illinois). Abstract: Legacies of an authoritarian past still leaves enduring effects on voters' political attitudes and behavior. I argue that authoritarian nostalgia is still a defining factor in voter behavior in post-authoritarian democracies and test this argument with a novel measure for authoritarian nostalgia. With original data collected from South Korea and Taiwan, […]

“Normative and Strategic Naming and Shaming in the UN Universal Periodic Review” by Yui Nishimura

Registration required! Author: Yui Nishimura (Rice). Abstract: Why do states engage in naming and shaming activities? This project focuses on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a novel peer-review system of human rights practices, and develops an explanation for submission patterns of recommendations based on the expanding roles of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and strategic relationships between senders and receivers. […]

“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 violence to coerce citizens into compliance with the state’s policies. It is a repressive strategy that does not require a coercive apparatus or trained agents, […]

“Facilitation Workshops Improve Governance in Low-Capacity Bureaucracies: Experimental Evidence from Myanmar Firms” by Dean Dulay & Edmund Malesky

Registration required! Authors: Dean Dulay (Singapore Management University) and Edmund Malesky (Duke). Abstract: Despite strong theoretical foundations, transparency interventions have a mixed record in improving bureaucratic performance. The missing ingredient has been the use of facilitation---working with bureaucrats on how to use information effectively and encouraging collaboration across government agencies. The argument is tested on a novel, […]

“Social Pressure and Political Self-Censorship: Evidence from Hong Kong” by Samson Yuen

Registration required! Authors: Samson Yuen (Hong Kong Baptist University) Abstract: Authoritarian regimes around the world often impose repressive laws to restrict acts or expressions that threaten their rule. While these laws are intended to target opposition activists, they also have the effect of inducing self-censorship among ordinary citizens. What prompts people to self-censor other than the fear of […]

“Keeping Receipts: Lessons on Civic Engagement of Autocratic States from Kazakh Advocacy for Xinjiang” by Colleen Wood

Registration required! Author: Colleen Wood (Columbia). Abstract: How do civil society actors in authoritarian states use the internet to mobilize and advocate for rights claims? The internet has changed the patterns of political communication for civil society actors, but the range of tactics in autocracies remains undertheorized. In this paper, I analyze the activities of Atajurt Eriktileri, a […]

“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 […]