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Outsourcing Repression and State Power in China
How has China managed to gain its citizens’ compliance in everything from strict COVID controls to land clearing for development? In “Outsourcing Repression,” Lynette H. Ong examines how the Chinese state engages non-state actors, from violent street gangsters to nonviolent grassroots brokers, to coerce and mobilize the masses. She draws on ethnographic research conducted from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping, a unique and original event dataset, and a collection of government regulations in a study of everyday land grabs and housing demolitions in China. Ong shows how the state can use respected local leaders and violent thugs alike, inviting us to rethink the boundaries of the state and what state power looks like on the ground.

Speaker:
• Lynette H. Ong, Professor of Political Science, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Moderator:
• Victor Shih, Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

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This webinar series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.

Oct 13, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Lynette H. Ong
Professor of Political Science @The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Lynette H. Ong is Professor of Political Science at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. Her research lies at the intersection of authoritarian politics, contentious politics and the political economy of development. She is the author of “Outsourcing Repression: Everyday State Power in Contemporary China” (Oxford University Press, 2022), “The Street and the Ballot Box: Interactions between Social Movements and Electoral Politics in Authoritarian Contexts” (Cambridge University Press, Elements Series in Contentious Politics, 2022), and “Prosper or Perish: Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China” (Cornell University Press, 2012).