Political Science

Spatial Mobility in the Chinese Bureaucracy: A Model and Empirical Evidence

Spatial mobility among officials has been an important mechanism of political control in China’s governance. We propose a model of stratified mobility across administrative jurisdictions to explain patterns of spatial mobility in the Chinese bureaucracy, and develop related concepts, typologies, and measures for our empirical analyses. We illustrate our theoretical arguments using empirical findings of spatial mobility in a large bureaucracy—local governments in one province of China, from 1990 to 2008.

China's Crisis of Success

China's Crisis of Success provides new perspectives on China's rise to superpower status, showing that China has reached a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth. Continued success requires re-invention of its economy and politics. The old economic strategy based on exports and infrastructure now piles up debt without producing sustainable economic growth, and Chinese society now resists the disruptive change that enabled earlier reforms.

"Women peace and security through a vernacular frame: Global/local frictions in Solomon Islands and Bougainville" by Dr. Nicole George, University of Queensland

Since the early 2000s, United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women Peace and Security, and particularly UNSCR 1325, have become a key focus of policy-making and gender advocacy for promoting women’s roles in conflict resolution and transition in the western Pacific Islands region. But in these contexts, arguments about the rights of women to be recognized as those who bear specific sorts of burdens in times of instability come into friction with vernacular notions of security and localized sentiments about the safe ordering of community.

Carol Anderson: One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy

Please join us on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 4 pm in 6275 Bunche Hall as Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University, discusses her forthcoming book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy. Her previous book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide, won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her research has garnered substantial fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Ford Foundation.


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Dante and Modernity

In a famous passage of Survival in Auschwitz, the memoir that emerged from his harrowing experience in the concentration camp, Primo Levi strives to recall from his memory Canto 26 of Dante’s Inferno – a canto that narrates the mad flight and tragic fall of the Greek hero Ulysses.

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Discussions of modernity—or alternative and multiple modernities—often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its original European context. Too often, attempts to answer this question either imagine a universal model derived from the history of Western Europe, which neglects the experience of much of the world, or emphasize a local, non-European context that limits the potential for comparison.


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