“(Un)muting the Fire Alarm: Impact of the Establishment of Appellate Courts on Land Dispute Resolution in China” by Siyun Jiang

Registration required! Author: Siyun Jiang (Texas) Abstract: Many authoritarian regimes established administrative courts for information collection and agent control. Yet given the overall power asymmetries between the executive and the judiciary, judicial oversight faces local resistance from the bureaucracy. Reforms that enhance judicial supervision may induce countermeasures and yield unintended consequences. Using administrative data on the resolution of […]

“Understanding the Anti-Extradition Law Movement: Grievances and Post-materialism in Hong Kong Protests” by Theodore Charm

Registration required! Author: Theodore Charm (Texas). Abstract: Over the past decade, Hong Kong has witnessed increasingly contentious civil rights movements, most notably the recent Anti-Extradition Law Movement. Despite not being the primary stakeholder in the legal fight against the Extradition Law, why is that ordinary Hong Kong citizens were the ones who took action? In this article, […]

“Party Identification and Social Relationship: Exploring the Causal Mechanisms” by Ikuma Ogura

Registration required! Author: Ikuma Ogura (Georgetown) Abstract: The literature on American mass party identification has found that US citizens prefer co-partisans in building social relationships. According to the American National Election Study (ANES) conducted in 2016, nearly 80% of the respondents answered that they voted for the co-partisan candidates at the presidential election that year. Previous studies have […]

“Should We Work Together: Building Cross-Movement Coalitions in Authoritarian Regimes” by Mai Truong

Registration required! Author: Mai Truong (Arizona). Abstract: What affects public support towards a cooperation between pro-democracy activists and movements which are concerned with specific policy issues such as land, labor, and nationalist? When different social movements build coalitions to challenge authoritarian rule, autocrats are less likely to repress the movements, and more likely to institute democratic institutions. Yet, […]

“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 […]

“Analysis of the Formation Process in the Bid for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics” by Yusei Ishimoto

Registration required! Author: Yusei Ishimoto (Komazawa) Abstract: This study examines the policy formation process of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Bid from the perspective of how the different spheres of Japanese sports, politics, government, the imperial family, and the private sector worked together to form a network toward the common goal of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic […]

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

Registration required! Author: 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 […]

“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 […]