Weekly Forums

Weekly Forums

In addition to the regular speaker series and other co-sponsored events, CSCC convenes an informal “Weekly Forum,” noon on weekdays in the CSCC conference room. These sessions are envisioned as “brown-bag lunches” at which graduate students or faculty can informally introduce or present work in progress. This will be a great way for all of us to get to know one another and learn more about the kinds of work on contemporary China being done across Penn’s campus. Please email us your thoughts and suggestions on how to best organize the Friday Forum and to let us know when you would like to volunteer to discuss some of your work. Even on days when no discussion is scheduled, people are welcome to bring their lunch to eat with others in the CSCC conference room.

Upcoming Weekly Forums

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Past Weekly Forums



Participatory Autocracy: Private Entrepreneurs, Legislatures, and Property Protection in China

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Why do individuals in authoritarian systems seek office in formal political institutions such as legislatures, which are often dismissed as weak and ineffective in interest representation? I argue that Chinese…



Social Welfare under Authoritarianism: The Politics and Policy of Social Health Insurance in China

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Contrary to the received wisdom that the welfare state is a feature associated with democracies, social welfare in China has undergone a dramatic expansion over the past decade without democratization or significant…



Critical Journalists and the State in China: The Case of Guarded Improvisation

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This talk introduces the key findings from Dr. Repnikova’s book project on the relations between China’s critical journalists and the party-state in the past decade. It explains how critical journalists who…



Are Only Children More Depressed?: Evidence from China’s One Child Policy

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This paper examines the causal effect of growing up as an only child on subjective well-being outcomes, with the latter measured by elevated depressive symptoms and self-rated happiness. Considering the endogeneity…