“Environmental Protection after Civil War: A Difference-in-Geographic-Discontinuity Approach” Kyosuke Kikuta and Yuta Kamahara

Authors: Kyosuke Kikuta (Osaka University) and Yuta Kamahara (Yokohama National University). Abstract: Despite the fact that civil war devastates the environment, we still do not understand the roles of environmental policies in post-conflict countries, often having a pessimistic view without empirical evidence. We challenge this view by arguing that the introduction of independent monitoring mechanisms […]

“Open to Authoritarian Nostalgia? Personality, Identity, and the Politics of Authoritarian Nostalgia” by Sanghoon Kim

Author: Sanghoon Kim (University of Illinois) Abstract: Why do voters popularly elect parties associated with former dictatorships? Democratic rule has been the modal political system since the Third Wave of democratization, but the legacies of authoritarian rule still drive political behavior in many new democracies. Politicians often win elections by evoking the achievements of a […]

“A Warning from Above: Why Authoritarian Anti-Protest Propaganda Works” by Mai Truong and Minh Trinh

Authors: Mai Truong (University of Arizona) & Minh Trinh (MIT) Abstract: When faced with unfolding protests, autocrats frequently respond with anti-protest propaganda that is loaded with negative narratives about protesters. However, as this form of propaganda is often crude and the average citizen at least minimally sophisticated, a growing body of literature has suggested that […]

“Why Geographically-Targeted Spending Under Closed-List Proportional Representation Favors Marginal Districts” by Amy Catalinac and Lucia Motolinia

Authors: Amy Catalinac (NYU) & Lucia Motolinia (NYU) Abstract: Research on geographically-targeted spending under closed-list proportional representation (CLPR) reveals a debate over whether governing parties target `core supporters' or `swing voters'. We show that when divisor-based formulae are used to convert votes into seats, parties can `reverse' the formula to calculate the number of additional […]

“Tactical Choices of Moderate Violence and the Escalation of Nonviolent Movements” by Pui Fung Law and Myunghee Lee

Authors: Pui Fung Law (HKUST) and Myunghee Lee (University of Missouri) Abstract: When do protesters adopt violent tactics? Studies on civil resistance suggest that when dissidents have capabilities to exercise violent tactics and when nonviolence is unsuccessful, dissidents tend to use violent tactics. However, studies that closely trace processes in which a nonviolent movement turns […]

“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 […]

“Bounded Culture? The Concept of Culture and Its Relation to the Nation State” by Plamen Akaliyski, Michael Harris Bond, and Christian Welzel

Registration required! Authors: Plamen Akaliyski (Keio University), Michael Harris Bond (Hong Kong Polytechnic University), and Christian Welzel (Leuphana University). Abstract: Nation states have been questioned as meaningful units for analyzing culture. We underline that culture is always a collective phenomenon, and it is commonly understood as the prevalent values in a society that underlie its […]

“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 Registration required! 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. […]

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

Registration required! Authors: Kasey Rhee (Dartmouth), Charles Crabtree (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 […]

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

Registration required! 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 […]

“Nationalism and Shared Democratic Identity” by Jiyoung Ko

Registration required! 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 […]

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

Registration required! 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 […]