Why China Can’t Change: Leadership Selection and The Repressive Trap

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017
by chy

Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:30 PM

Rory Truex is an Assistant Professor in Princeton's Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on Chinese politics and theories of authoritarian rule.


His book project, Making Autocracy Work: Representation and Responsiveness in Modern China, investigates the nature of representation in authoritarian systems, specifically the politics surrounding China's National People's Congress (NPC). He argues that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engineering a system of “representation within bounds” in the NPC, fostering information revelation but silencing political activism. Original data on deputy backgrounds and behaviors is used to explore the nature of representation, policymaking, and incentives in this constrained system. The book is now forthcoming from Cambridge University Press and is available for sale on Amazon in both hardcopy and paperback.