Contentious Politics in China under Xi Jinping’s rule

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1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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About this event

Lynette H. Ong (University of Toronto)


Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, China’s domestic political landscape has gone through some significant transformation. China’s spending on domestic security and the military has been steadily increasing over the past decade or more. At the same time, the Chinese economy is also undergoing a fundamental transformation as exports and manufacturing sector slow, while labor costs steadily rise over time. How do citizens respond to these political and economic changes under Xi Jinping’s rule? Given the increasingly repressive political environment, how do citizens organize collective actions and conduct contentious activities? How do citizens express their grievances in a highly controlled environment?

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Contentious Politics in China under Xi Jinping’s rule

About the speaker

Lynette Ong is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. She was An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies in 2008-09. She has held visiting positions at Harvard University, Peking University and Fudan University. She is the author of Prosper or Perish: Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China , published by Cornell University Press, in 2012. The book was among the first to address the unsustainability of the “China Model of Development” from a finance perspective. Her journal publications have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, International Political Science Review, Political Studies, China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia , among others. Her opinion pieces have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, and South China Morning Post .


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Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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