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comparative politics

AOPSSS #15 “Status Threat and Opposition to Gender Equality Policies: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in South Korea”

In our fifteenth AOPSSS session, Jeong Hyun Kim (Louisiana State University) and Yesola Kweon (Utah State University) presented their the psychological determinants explaining this popular opposition to gender equality policies, with a focus on attitudes towards legislative gender quotas. [PaperSlides] Amanda Clayton (Vanderbilt), Mala Htun (New Mexico),Rieko Kage (University of Tokyo), and Jiso Yoon (Korean Women’s Development Institute) provided detailed comments on theory and testing. There was really a lot of excitement about this project!

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comparative politics

AOPSSS #14 “What Are We Voting For? Opposition Alliance Joint Campaigns in Electoral Autocracies”

In our fourteenth AOPSSS session, Elvin Ong (UBC / NUS) presented his multi-method paper about the effects of opposition alliance joint campaigns on vote choice in electoral autocracies. [PaperSlides] Laura Gamboa (Utah), Masaaki Higashijima (Tohoku), and Paul Schuler (Arizona) offered generous comments on framing and conceptual and theoretical. Best of luck to Elvin as he moves forward with this ambitious project!

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comparative politics

AOPSSS #13 “The Effects of Village Development Programs on Authoritarian and Democratic Elections”

In our thirteenth AOPSSS session,  Jean Hong (HKUST), Sunkyoung Park (Inchen National University), and Hyunjoo Yang (Sogang University) presented their paper on the short- and long-term electoral effects of village development programs in South Korea. [PaperAppendixSlides] Mark Dincecco (Michigan), Florian Hollenbach (Texas A&M), and Xiaobo Lü (University of Texas, Austin) provided extensive feedback on a range of conceptual, theoretical, and empirical issues. This paper will be of great interest to anyone interested in clientism and authoritarian regimes!

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comparative politics

AOPSSS #12 “Guilt by Association: Do Dissident Allies Undermine Public Support for Land Protests in Authoritarian Regimes”

In our twelfth AOPSSS session, Paul Schuler (University of Arizona) and Mai Truong (University of Arizona) presented their paper on how dissident allies affect public support for land protests in authoritarian regimes. [Paper] Using an original Internet based survey experiment from Vietnam, they show that dissident endorsements with a radical message reduces support for land protests. Dawn Brancati (Yale), Yesola Kweon (Utah State), and Yao Li (Florida), and Carlyle A. Thayer (UNSW) offered detailed feedback on a range of conceptual, theoretical, and empirical issues. This paper will be of great interest to anyone researching dissent in authoritarian contexts!

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comparative politics

AOPSSS #11 “How the Pro-Beijing Media Influence Voters: Evidence from a Field Experiment”

In our eleventh AOPSSS session, Jay Kao (UT Austin) presented his paper on how slanted media associated with autocracies affects voters. [PaperSlides] He showd that the pro-Beijing media significantly nudges people to support and vote for China’s preferred presidential candidate and adopt more favorable attitudes toward China-related issues. Noel Foster (Princeton), Ji Yeon Hong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Daniel Mattingly (Yale), and Hans H. Tung (National Taiwan University) provided in-depth feedback on a range of theoretical and empirical issues. This paper will be of great interest to those who study China, disinformation campaigns, and foreign interference in other countries!

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comparative politics

AOPSSS #10 “Repressing Shield and Sword: Strategies of Internal Purging for State Security”

In our tenth AOPSSS session, Harunobu Saijo (Duke) presented his paper examining why leaders employ purges to control their coercive capacities. [PaperSlides] He argues that purges provide a highly targeted method to undermine social networks conducive to collective action. Erica De Bruin (Hamilton College), Franziska Keller (HKUST), Monika Nalepa (Chicago), and Milan Svolik (Yale) offered probing questions and helpful comments on a variety of theoretical and empirical matters. This paper will be of wide interest to those who study Russia, authoritarian regimes, and state violence!

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comparative politics international relations

AOPSSS #9 “Through the Looking Glass: How Mainland Chinese see the Hong Kong Protests”

In our ninth AOPSSS session, Dimitar Gueorguiev (Syracuse) and Dongshu Liu (City University of Hong Kong). Their paper shows that protester violence has little impact on public opinion when protests are framed in terms of more radical, separatist agendas. [PaperSlidesMark R. Beissinger (Princeton), Graeme Robertson (UNC), and Sarah A. Soule (Stanford) provided in-depth, insightful comments on a variety of theoretical and conceptual issues. Other participants offered a range of suggestions about the research design. Looking forward to seeing this paper published and cited by the contentious politics community!

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comparative politics

AOPSSS #8 “White Terror: Collateral Punishment, Defection, and Dissent Demobilization in Repressive Regimes”

In our eighth AOPSSS session, Howard Liu (Essex). His paper examines pre-emptive repression in Taiwan using an awesome new dataset. [PaperSlides] Killian Clarke (Harvard and Georgetown), Travis Curtice (Dartmouth), Martin Dimitrov (Tulane), and Lynette Ong (Toronto) provided in-depth, insightful comments. Other participants offered a range of comments about the theory and empirics. Looking forward to seeing the next version of this innovative paper!

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international relations

AOPSSS #7 “Crafting International Apologies That Work: A Conjoint Analysis Approach”

In our seventh AOPSSS session, Shoko Kohama (Hokkaido University) presented her co-authored research with  Kazunori Inamasu (Kwansei-Gakuin University), Toshiyuki Himichi (Kochi University of Technology), Nobuhiro Mifune (Kochi University of Technology), Yohsuke Ohtsubo (Kobe University), and Atsushi Tago (Waseda University). Their paper examines what types of international apologies are more likely to be accepted. [PaperSlides] Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth) co-hosted and discussed along with Jonathan Chu (Penn), Risa Kitagawa (Northeastern), and Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth). The discussants offered a range of really thoughtful suggestions about framing, theory, and empirics. Other participants offered comments about the research design and external validity. Looking forward to seeing the next version of this cool, policy-relevant paper!

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AOPSSS Best Graduate Student Paper Award

To encourage more submissions from graduate students, I’m pleased to announce that AOPSSS will give a $300 award to the best paper presented by a Ph.D. student in a calendar year. If you’re a graduate student, please present your work!