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

Registration required! 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 […]

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

Registration required! 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 […]

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

Registration required! 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, […]

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

Event co-organized with the Cambridge University Press Taiwan Studies Series Registration required! Authors: 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, […]

“Attitude Extremity of Political Trust in Hong Kong” by Dan Chen & Wenbin Li

Registration required! Authors: Dan Chen (University of Richmond) and Wenbin Li (South China University of Technology). Abstract: Extreme political attitudes indicate less susceptibility to persuasion. An increasing amount of extremity on both ends of the attitude spectrum suggests a diminishing ground for compromise and consensus. This research note explores attitude extremity of political trust in Hong Kong. Analyzing […]

“Malaria Prevalence and Civil Conflict Locations in Sub-Saharan Africa” by Enza Han, Haohan Chen, & Zifeng Wang

Registration required! Authors: Enze Han (The University of Hong Kong), Haohan Chen (New York University), and Zifeng Wang (The University of Hong Kong). Abstract: Diseases have a profound impact on conflicts, moderated by environment and socio-economic factors. As one of the most widespread and deadly tropical diseases, malaria has been considered a crucial factor that prolongs human and […]

“North Korea’s Rational Threat-Making: Using Propaganda to Understand North Korean Threat Perception” by Lauren Sukin

Registration required! Author: Lauren Sukin (Stanford) Abstract: This article analyzes the content of North Korean propaganda between 1996 and 2018 in order to identify the conditions under which North Korea makes threats against its adversaries. This analysis shows that North Korea systematically issues threats to its adversaries when it faces concrete challenges to its physical security or to […]

“Appease Workers without Losses: Autocracy and Progressive Labor Regulations” by Hsu Yumin Wang

Registration required! Author: Hsu Yumin Wang (Emory) Abstract: Why do some authoritarian countries have more protective labor laws than others? Under what conditions would dictators improve labor regulations? To answer these questions, I develop a novel argument starting with the premise that dictators face and need to balance twin challenges from elites and masses to stay in power. […]

“Understanding Perceptions of Asian-ness and Group Membership among Asian Americans” by Jennifer Wu

Registration required! Author: Jennifer Wu (Yale) Abstract: This study aims to understand the effectiveness of campaign appeals made focusing on Kamala Harris’s multiple racial identities. While support for and favorability towards Harris may increase if an appeal highlights her Asian identity, simply doing so potentially overlooks any countervailing effects due to anti-Black attitudes an individual may have […]

“Legislators’ Sentiment Analysis Supervised by Legislators” by Akitaka Matsuo & Kentaro Fukumoto

Registration required! Author: Akitaka Matsuo (Essex) and Kentaro Fukumoto (Gakushuin University) Abstract: The sentiment expressed in legislator’s speech is informative, in particular in a legislature with partisan discipline. But extracting legislators’ sentiment requires polarity dictionaries or labeled data, which are labor-intensive to construct and could be subjective. To address this challenge, we propose a research design to exploit […]

“Land Taking, Windfall Revenue, and Social Unrest: Evidence from China” by Xiaobo Lü, Lynette Ong, & Wenhui Yang

Registration required! Author: Xiaobo Lü (UT), Lynette Ong (Toronto), and Wenhui Yang (UT). Abstract: Land expropriation is a highly contentious issue in any society, yet existing research primarily focuses on land related conflicts and scholars have paid little attention to the broader state-society relations. Furthermore, identifying the causal effects of land expropriation is challenging due to the […]

“Policing and Gendered Cases in India” by Nirvikar Jassal

Registration required! Author: Nirvika Jassal (Stanford) Abstract: How and why women are marginalized within public agencies remains understudied. Using original micro-level data on crime in India, I highlight the patterns of exclusion faced by women in law enforcement. By classifying India's Penal Code, I demonstrate that women are tasked with specific cases, especially 'non-heinous' gendered crimes that the […]