Weiss, Jessica : Small Grant, 2015-2016

Recipients: 

Jessica Weiss (Government)

College: 
Arts & Sciences
Department: 
Government
Project Title: 
Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes: Comparing Mass Politics and Policy in Russia and China
Project Abstract: 
How do authoritarian leaders attempt to shape public opinion to ensure regime stability and support? What fruits have these various strategies borne, and do they reduce the need for the regime to rely so heavily on coercive mechanisms to stay in power? And, in turn, how does popular opinion shape and sharpen what the regime can and cannot do in domestic and international politics? These are the questions that animate “Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes: Comparing Mass Politics and Policy in Russia and China,” a project that brings together specialists on Russian and Chinese politics and that undertakes collaborative and comparative research on these two countries, their publics, and how the two engage one another in the public sphere. The first of two workshops on these issues was held at Cornell on September 15-16; the second will take place at Notre Dame on March 9-11, 2017. The overarching goals of these workshops are three-fold: to develop a network of junior and senior scholars interested in these two cases and in authoritarian politics; to encourage comparative and collaborative research on these two countries; and, finally, following the second workshop, to produce an edited volume. This would be the first edited book that compares these two large and influential authoritarian regimes since the 1960s.