Research Agenda

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.


  1. Shao, Li, and Dongshu Liu. 2018. “The Road to Cynicism: The Political Consequences of Online Satire Exposure in China.” Political Studies: 0032321718791373.
  2. Liu, Dongshu. 2019. “Punishing the Dissidents: the Selective Implementation of Stability Preservation in China”. Journal of Contemporary China: 10.1080/10670564.2019.1580425
  3. Liu, Dongshu. Forthcoming. “Consultative Channels in the Authoritarian Policy Process: the Role of Non-Government Organizations and Their Environmental Policy Advocacy in China”. Governance

Under Review

  1. Racial Competitions and Partisanship within the Racial Minority Groups: The Case of Asian Americans (with Nathan Carrington

Working Papers

  1. Strategic Distribution in Authoritarian Legislature: the Evidence of China
  2. When Public and Bureaucrats Come into Conflicts: Autocrat’s Distributional Strategies in China’s anti-corruption
  3. Specific Propaganda, Censorship, and Defense against External Criticism in China (with Li Shao)
  4. Everyday not resistance: motivation of satirists in China (with Li Shao)
  5. Club Goods in China (with Dimitar D.Gueorguiev)