My research explores how autocrats manage public and regime allies to ensure regime survival and stability. Specifically, I have three focuses: 1) How do autocrats regulate and control the behavior of regime allies; 2) How do autocrats manage and control the public participation and solicit public supports; and 3) How do autocrats make balances when the demands from public and allies collide?
I have explored these questions in various contexts in China, such as the policy participation of NGO, stability preservation strategies, legislative behaviors, and fiscal budgeting.
I also have methodological interests in applying survey experiment method to study public opinion, especially in China and other authoritarian regimes.
Please see my research statement here for details.
- Shao, Li, and Dongshu Liu. 2018. “The Road to Cynicism: The Political Consequences of Online Satire Exposure in China.” Political Studies: 0032321718791373.
- Liu, Dongshu. 2019. “Punishing the Dissidents: the Selective Implementation of Stability Preservation in China”. Journal of Contemporary China: 10.1080/10670564.2019.1580425
- Liu, Dongshu. Forthcoming. “Consultative Channels in the Authoritarian Policy Process: the Role of Non-Government Organizations and Their Environmental Policy Advocacy in China”. Governance
- Racial Competitions and Partisanship within the Racial Minority Groups: The Case of Asian Americans (with Nathan Carrington
- Strategic Distribution in Authoritarian Legislature: the Evidence of China
- When Public and Bureaucrats Come into Conflicts: Autocrat’s Distributional Strategies in China’s anti-corruption
- Specific Propaganda, Censorship, and Defense against External Criticism in China (with Li Shao)
- Everyday not resistance: motivation of satirists in China (with Li Shao)
- Club Goods in China (with Dimitar D.Gueorguiev)