“Bystander Disruption Toward Pro-Democracy Protests: The Role of Authoritarian Repertoire in Myanmar” by Van Tran

Registration required! Authors: Van Tran (Cornell University) Abstract: Despite having popular demands and employing non-violent methods, many contemporary pro-democracy protests still fail to gain public trust and encounter various forms of bystander disruption. For instance, bystanders might block protest marches, directly attack protest participants, or even collaborate with the authorities to capture these protesters. Such disruption contributes significantly […]

“What Kind of Democracy do Chinese People Want? Chinese Perceptions of Democracy Reconsidered” by Quanling He, Duancheng Yang, & Yuan Zhou

Registration required! Authors: Quanling He (Jilin University), Duancheng Yang (Renmin University of China), and Yuan Zhou (Kobe University) Abstract: Popular perceptions of democracy are vital for democratization in authoritarian counties but have been understudied. The Chinese Communist Party frequently emphasizes democracy with Chinese characteristics, however, what kind of democracy do Chinese people want? This study sets out to […]

“The Growth Enhancing Benefits of Political Exclusion in Edo Japan” by Weiwen Yin & Austin Mitchell

Registration required! Authors: Weiwen Yin (The Education University of Hong Kong) and Austin Mitchell (Texas A&M University at Qatar). Abstract: Fiscal decentralization is thought to be growth enhancing thanks to inter-jurisdictional competition, information advantages, and preference homogeneity but empirical studies have found mixed results regarding the impact of fiscal decentralization on economic growth. We argue that the […]

“Trading with Pariahs: International Trade and North Korean Sanctions” by Keith Preble & Charmaine Willis

Registration required! Author: Keith Preble (University at Albany, SUNY) and Charmaine Willis (University at Albany, SUNY) Abstract: For decades, the international community has targeted North Korea with economic sanctions, seeking not only to keep the nuclear bomb out of North Korean hands but also to potentially bring about regime change and weaken its military. However, many in the […]

“Insights from South Asia – Post-truth and Public Opinion in Pakistan” by Anam Kuraishi

Registration required! Author: Anam Kuraishi (University of Essex) Abstract: Although there exist numerous conceptualisations of post-truth, a gap in literature remains with regards to empirically illustrating it. This gap is present due to the lack of operationalisation of the term ‘post-truth’. This paper deals with this limitation; it discusses ‘post-truth’ as an adjective whereby certain attributive traits (Lacanian […]

“Threats Shift Immigrants’ Attention from Their Home Country to Host Society: Evidence from the September 11 Terrorist Attacks” by Jae Yeon Kim & Andrew Thompson

Registration required! Author: Jae Yeon Kim (University of California, Berkeley) and Andrew Thompson (George Washington University) Abstract: This study uses a natural experiment and machine learning to examine how threats shift immigrants’ political attention from their home country to host society. We trace how the September 11 attacks, an exogenous shock, increased Arab and Indian Americans’ interest in […]

“Why Are Some Public Managers More Committed to Professional norms than Others? An Experimental Survey Proposal at Municipal Level” by Kohei Suzuki

Registration required! Author: Sofia Axelsson (University of Gothenburg), Victor Lapuente (University of Gothenburg), and Kohei Suzuki (Leiden University). Pre-analysis Plan Abstract: In the overarching question of why some polities better governed than others, the organization of bureaucracy has been a “forgotten fundamental”(Lægreid 2018). Most comparative studies focus on the institutions shaping the behavior of politicians including the electoral […]

“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! Authors: 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 […]