“Figurines and Doyennes: The Selection of Female Ministers in Autocracies and Democracies” by Stuart Bramwell, Hikaru Yamagishi, & Jacob Nyrup

Authors: Stuart Bramwell (Oxford), Hikaru Yamagishi (Yale), and Jacob Nyrup (Oxford). Abstract: In this article, we show that democracy promotes women's access into the highest echelons of power. To explain why we present a novel theoretical framework and argue that democratic leaders have more women to choose from when picking candidates for ministerial positions and need to […]

“Unsolicited Justice: The Institutional Externality of FCPA Enforcement” by Jian Xu

Authors: Jian Xu (Emory) Abstract: Scholars have examined how transnational anti-corruption legal regimes impact cross-border business activities. I turn the attention to how such transnational enforcement affects the local firms and competitive landscapes in the targeted countries. I argue that transnational enforcement deters bribery behavior of firms under its jurisdiction, which nevertheless creates more market […]

“A Community of Shared Values? Dimensions and Dynamics of Cultural Integration in the European Union” by Plamen Akaliyski, Josef Hien, and Christian Welzel

Authors: Plamen Akaliyski (Keio), Josef Hien (Uni-Stockholm), and Christian Welzel (Leuphana University) Abstract: Whether the EU is a community of shared values is increasingly contested in public debates and academic discourses alike. We analyse the level and change in the acceptance of the EU’s officially promoted values in seven domains and we find that EU-member […]

“Preferences for Government Concessions amid Protests: A Conjoint Experiment with Causal Interactions in Hong Kong” by Hans H. Tung and Ming-Jen Lin

Event co-organized with the Cambridge University Press Taiwan Studies Series Author: Hans H. Tung (National Taiwan University) and Ming-Jen Lin (National Taiwan University). Abstract: The paper empirically tests at a micro-level Acemoglu and Robinson's (2006) commitment problem thesis by conducting a conjoint experiment with causal interactions on protesters in Hong Kong's recent anti-extradition movements. According to […]

“National Images and Foreign Policy Attitudes: Can Russia Sway American Public Opinion?” by Charles Crabtree, Kasey Rhee, and Yusaku Horiuchi

Authors: Charles Crabtree (Dartmouth), Kasey Rhee (Dartmouth), and Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth) Abstract: Can emphasizing the suspected insincerity of foreign countries' motives reduce their ability to influence U.S. public opinion? Foreign countries are influencing politics in other countries with increasing intensity and ease, but we have yet to locate strategies for moderating such intervention. In this […]

“Subnational Ruling Party Institutionalization and Its Mitigation Effects on Corruption: A Case Study of China” by Rosemary Pang

Author: Rosemary Pang (Pennsylvania State University) Abstract: Why does corruption spur de-stabilizing political protests in some autocracies but not others? This paper argues that autocratic party institutionalization limits the potential destabilizing consequences of corruption via three potential mechanisms: first, party institutionalization has more precise rules that regularize the interaction between citizens and bureaucrats, which makes corruption more […]

“Nationalism and Shared Democratic Identity” by Jiyoung Ko

Author: Jiyoung Ko (Bates) Abstract: Nationalism is known for its deleterious effect in international relations: when nationalistic sentiments are stimulated, people tend to prefer hawkish foreign policy and call for military aggression. Is there any way to mitigate the adverse consequences of nationalism? In this article, based on the Common In-group Identity Model in social […]

“The Erosion of Representational Ties and the Rise of Authoritarianism in Japan” by Chris G. Pope

Author: Chris G. Pope (Kyoto Women's University) Abstract: This article examines the changing boundaries of governance in Japan to explain the rise of authoritarianism under former prime minister, Abe Shinzō. The article analyses this dynamic by exploring the substantive changes in the representational ties between the governors and the governed. The approach is based on […]

“Propaganda as Protest Prevention: How Regime Labeling Deters Citizens from Protesting – Without Persuading Them” by Daniel Arnon, Pearce Edwards, and Handi Li

Authors: Daniel Arnon (Arizona), Pearce Edwards (Emory), and Handi Li (Emory). Abstract: How do authoritarian regimes prevent protests? One strategy, which frequently accompanies the use of repression, is labeling regime opponents negatively in an attempt to discredit them. This paper considers two frameworks through which negative regime labels about protesters could affect citizens: through persuading them of […]

“Exposure to Election Fraud Research Undermines Confidence in Democracy” by John Seungmin Kuk, Don S. Lee, and Inbok Rhee

Author: John Seungmin Kuk (University of Oklahoma), Don S. Lee (University of Nottingham), and Inbok Rhee (KDI School of Public Policy and Management). Abstract: When and how does claims of election fraud undermine public confidence in democracy? Using a nationally representative sample of Korea voters, we conduct a survey experiment three months after the actual […]

“Beyond Pan-Ethnicity: Responsiveness of Elected Officials to Asian American Subgroups” by

Authors: Yat To Yeung (George Washington) Abstract: Asian American is one of the major racial/ethnic groups in the United States and it is expected to become the largest immigrant group in around thirty years. However, studies on the representation of Asian Americans are extremely limited. Also, although Asian Americans are frequently victim of racism and discrimination, there […]

Authoritarian Judicial Politics in Historical Taiwan, 1950s-70s

Event co-organized with the Cambridge University Press Taiwan Studies Series Author: Howard Liu (Essex), Greg Sheen (NYU Abu Dhabi), Ching-Hsuan Su (Academic Sinica), Hans H. Tung (National Taiwan University), Yi-ting Wang (National Cheng-Kung University), Wen-chin Wu (Academia Sinica). Book abstract: We study Taiwan's judicial politics during its authoritarian period between 1956 and 1975. In the 2000s, the literature on nominally democratic institutions of authoritarian countries (Brownlee, 2007; Gehlbach and Keefer, 2011; […]