Workshop: Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes

Location: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, C103

China and Russia are two of the most important authoritarian states in the world, yet much of the scholarship on these countries examines each in isolation. To promote cross-fertilization and encourage greater understandings of these two countries, this workshop brings together a group of scholars to discuss their research on contemporary China and Russia, their publics, and how the two engage one another in the public sphere. 

Organized by Karrie J. Koesel, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, at kkoesel1@nd.edu.

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Schedule - Friday, March 10, 2017

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I. THOUGHT WORK (8:30)

Karrie Koesel (University of Notre Dame)
“Learning to Be Loyal: Political Education and the Crisis of Communism ”
Discussant: Jessica Pisano (New School)

Jeremy Wallace (Cornell University)
“The New Normal: A Neopolitical Turn in China’s Reform Era”
Discussant: Jim McAdams (University of Notre Dame)

Jessica Pisano (New School)
“Political Theater: Political Economies of Participation”
Discussant: Susanne Wengle (University of Notre Dame)

II. CONTROLLING INFORMATION – MEDIA & MANIPULATION (11:00) 

Tomila Lankina (LSE)
“Framing Protest in Autocracies: How State Media Control, Manipulate and Leverage Public Discontent”
Discussant: Victoria Hui (University of Notre Dame)

Graeme Robertson (UNC)
“Building Autocracy From Above and Below: The Co-construction of Putin’s Popularity After Crimea” (with Samuel Greene)
Discussant: Valerie Bunce (Cornell University)

II. CONTROLLING INFORMATION – MEDIA & MANIPULATION (13:30 continued)

Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University)
“Contesting the State under Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists in China and Russia”
Discussant: Tina Lee (Kellogg Fellow, University of Notre Dame)

Molly Roberts (UCSD)
“Censorship of Criticism Reduces Perceptions of Government Responsiveness” (with Tianguang Meng, Jennifer Pan and William Hobbs)
Discussant: Elizabeth Plantan (Cornell University)

III.  MANAGING CIVIL SOCIETY (15:15)

Manfred Elfstrom (Ash Center, Harvard University)
"Labor as a Threat to the Chinese State: Ownership, Tactics and Demand”
Discussant: Mark Beissinger (Princeton University)

Elizabeth Plantan (Cornell University)
“Not All NGOs are Created Equal: Selective Repression of Civil Society in Russia and China”
Discussant: Tomila Lankina (LSE)


Schedule - Saturday, March 11, 2017

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IV.  PUBLIC OPINION & PARTICIPATION (9:00)

Greg Distelhorst (MIT) and Diana Fu (University of Toronto)
“Political Participation and China’s Leadership Transition”
Discussant: Jessica Weiss (Cornell University)

Alex Matovski (Davis Center, Harvard University)
"The Logic of Vladimir Putin’s Popular Appeal”
Discussant: Elisabeth Köll (University of Notre Dame)

Rory Truex (Princeton University)
“Authoritarian Gridlock? Haste and Delay in the Chinese Legislative System”
Discussant: Jeremy Wallace (Cornell University)

V.  CONCLUDING DISCUSSION (11:30)

  • Valerie Bunce (Cornell University)
  • Jessica Weiss (Cornell University)
  • Karrie Koesel (University of Notre Dame)

Questions about the event schedule or participation?  Contact Melanie Webb, Events Program Manager at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, at mwebb2@nd.edu or 574-631-5123.