Presentation Title: China's Great Firewall: Regime Durability and Internet Censorship

Section: Disruption and its prevention II

Location: , 104

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:35am - 11:50am


"This project seeks to explain how the Chinese government manages its durability and legitimacy through censorship.  I systematically elucidate the preferences and priorities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which has significant implications for understanding one of the world’s most opaque powers. Variation in China’s well-known Internet censorship regime provides a unique window into the Party’s preferences and perpetuation strategies. The project first establishes a comprehensive framework for understanding modern authoritarian durability; subsequently, using both quantitative and qualitative methods of content analysis, I examined censored posts on Sina Weibo (China’s “Twitter”) to evaluate that framework in the Chinese case. The project shows the relative importance of performance criteria and other less-intuitive drivers of legitimacy to the modern CCP regime’s aim of long-term viability.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Political Science

Presentation Topic: China/Asia

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Arnowitz, Charles Fredric (Charlie)
Major(s): PSCI
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Lewis, Orion A.
Dept(s): PSCI

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