“White Terror: Collateral Punishment, Defection, and Dissent Demobilization in Repressive Regimes” by Howard Liu

Author: Howard Liu (Essex). Abstract: Suppressing opposition and deterring challengers are among the highest priority for autocrats to control society. Existing literature has documented various ways that governments respond to the act of dissent. Yet, we know relatively little on how states pre-empt resistance before it breaks out. In particular, repression scholarship is eager to […]

“Through the Looking Glass: How Mainland Chinese see the Hong Kong Protests” by Dimitar Gueorguiev and Dongshu Liu

Author: Dimitar Gueorguiev (Syracuse) and Dongshu Liu (CUHK). Abstract: When does the public sympathize with protest movements? Recent scholarship shows that peaceful resistance enjoys more support than violence because potential sympathizers are less likely to identify with aggressive action. But do such considerations hold when protesters are pursuing deliberately exclusionary demands, such as in separatist […]

“Repressing Shield and Sword: Strategies of Internal Purging for State Security” by Harunobu Saijo

Author: Harunobu Saijo (Duke). Abstract: How do leaders employ purges to control their coercive capacities? A state principal employs coercion to rule, yet coercive capacities constitute an existential coup threat to the principal. From Ivan IV to Erdoğan today, principals have resorted to purges of domestic security to diminish the threat. It has been suggested […]

“Status Threat and Opposition to Gender Equality Policies: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in South Korea” by Jeong Hyun Kim and Yesola Kweon

Authors: Jeong Hyun Kim (Louisiana State University) and Yesola Kweon (Utah State University) Abstract: Despite the increasing interest and efforts to implement gender equality policies, many countries still encounter substantial levels of popular opposition and backlash against these policies. In this project, we explore the psychological determinants explaining this popular opposition to gender equality policies, […]

“How the Pro-Beijing Media Influence Voters: Evidence from a Field Experiment” by Jay Kao

Author: Jay Kao (UT Austin).Abstract: Despite the mounting concern about the electoral influences of authoritarian regimes in democracies in the form of disinformation campaigns, an unsolved question is whether and how the slanted media associated with autocracies affect voters? We deploy a field experiment during the 2020 Taiwanese Presidential Election to measure the effects of […]

“Guilt by Association: Do Dissident Allies Undermine Public Support for Land Protests in Authoritarian Regimes” by Paul Schuler and Mai Truong

Authors: Paul Schuler (University of Arizona) and Mai Truong (University of Arizona) Abstract: How do dissident allies affect public support for land protests in authoritarian regimes? A robust literature suggests that land protesters often engage in “boundary spanning” techniques such as “rightful resistance”, where protesters try to win support by explicitly expressing support for the […]

“The Effects of Village Development Programs on Authoritarian and Democratic Elections” by Jean Hong, Sunkyoung Park, and Hyunjoo Yang

Author: Jean Hong (HKUST), Sunkyoung Park (Inchen National University), and Hyunjoo Yang (Sogang University). Abstract: Does a nation-wide rural development program under a dictatorial regime have long-term political consequences, even after democratization? We investigate the political impact of the cash transfers from the Park Chung-hee regime's large-scale rural development program in the 1970s in South […]

“What Are We Voting For? Opposition Alliance Joint Campaigns in Electoral Autocracies” by Elvin Ong

Author: Elvin Ong (UBC / NUS) Abstract: Existing analyses of opposition pre-electoral alliance formation in electoral autocracies neglect how and why opposition parties coordinate to jointly campaign against incumbent autocrats. This paper argues that joint campaigns function as focal points signaling anti-regime unity, mutual compromise, and the positive material gains voters will reap following regime […]