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Pekingology

English, National/National politics/National assembly, 1 season, 87 episodes, 2 days, 8 hours, 34 minutes
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China has emerged as one of the 21st century’s most consequential nations, making it more important than ever to understand how the country is governed. True to the name Pekingology, or the study of the political behavior of the People’s Republic of China, this podcast aims to unpack the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party and implications these actions have within China and for U.S.-China relations. Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS, is joined by various experts to analyze the activities of the Chinese governing system and how these impact the complex relationships relating to China.
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Beyond China's Black Box

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Jacob Stokes, Senior Fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. They discuss China’s foreign policy decision making and his new report “Beyond China’s Black Box: Five Trends Shaping Beijing’s Foreign and Security Policy Decision-Making Under Xi Jinping.” (April, 2024)
5/16/202444 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mobilizing Patriotic Consumers

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Audrye Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California, and Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. They discuss her recent article: “Mobilizing patriotic consumers: China’s new strategy of economic coercion,” published in the Journal of Strategic Studies (May 2023).
5/2/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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China's Extreme Inequality

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by the Andrew Walder, Denise O'Leary & Kent Thiry Professor at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies. Today they discuss his article “China’s Extreme Inequality: The Structural Legacies of State Socialism.” (The China Journal, July 2023)
4/18/202439 minutes, 40 seconds
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Understanding China's Regionally Administered Totalitarianism

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Chenggang Xu, Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions and Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University to discuss the institutional underpinnings of China’s political economy. What explains the Communist Party’s ongoing resilience? Why did China pivot away from the economic reforms that had generated so much wealth for the country and the government? Xu advances the framework of “Regionally Administered Totalitarianism” (RADT) to describe China’s political economic transition during the reform period. He is also author of the forthcoming book Institutional Genes: The Origins of China's Institutions and Totalitarianism (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) exploring these questions.
4/4/20241 hour, 1 minute, 24 seconds
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Overcapacity

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette,is joined by Yanmei Xie, Geopolitics Analyst with Gavekal Research, who has recently been publishing articles at Gavekal and the Financial Times. Today, Jude and Yanmei discuss her recent client notes on Chinese overcapacity and its EV sector.
2/29/202433 minutes, 31 seconds
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China's New Domestic Politics

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Evan Medeiros, The Penner Family Chair in Asia Studies at Georgetown University. During the Obama Administration, Evan was on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia and special assistant to the president and Senior Director for Asia. They discuss his recent report “The New Domestic Politics of U.S.-China Relations” published by the Asia Society Center for Public Analysis. 
2/15/202436 minutes, 56 seconds
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Xi’s New Growth Synthesis

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Andrew Batson, China Research Director at Gavekal Dragonomics to discuss his recent blog post entitled “Xi’s New Growth Synthesis.” He also publishes The Tangled Woof blog, and wrote the enlightening post “Some Cadres Cannot Keep Up.”  
1/18/202443 minutes, 50 seconds
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Will Sanctions Deter China?

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Emily Kilcrease, Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security to discuss her recent report entitled “No Winners in This Game: Assessing the U.S. Playbook for Sanctioning China.”  
1/5/202435 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Gilded Cage

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Ya-Wen Lei, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University to discuss her recent book entitled “The Gilded Cage: Technology, Development and State Capitalism in China.”  
12/14/202339 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Party Knows Best: Aligning Economic Actors with China’s Strategic Goals

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Max Zenglein, Chief Economist at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) to discuss his recent report, co-authored with MERICS Lead Analyst Jacob Gunter, entitled “The Party Knows Best: Aligning Economic Actors with China’s Strategic Goals.” 
11/22/202334 minutes, 3 seconds
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What’s Next for US-China Relations? The View from Congress

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to discuss U.S.-China policy and the Select Committee’s work to address the strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). 
11/9/202347 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Administrative Foundations of the Chinese Fiscal State

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Wei Cui, professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Colombia to discuss his recent book The Administrative Foundations of the Chinese Fiscal State.
10/26/202333 minutes, 15 seconds
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China’s New Navy

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Xiaobing Li, professor of history and Don Betz Endowed Chair in International Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma to discuss his new book China’s New Navy: The Evolution of PLAN from the People’s Revolution to a 21st Century Cold War.  
10/12/202336 minutes, 14 seconds
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Party of One

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Chun Han Wong, a China reporter for the Wall Street Journal, to discuss his new book Party of One: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China’s Superpower Future. 
9/8/202345 minutes, 13 seconds
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Reshaping Corporate China

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Thomas Gatley, China Strategist at Gavekal Dragonomics, to discuss his recent report “Reshaping Corporate China.” 
8/25/202354 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Loyal is the PLA?

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Eric Hundman, senior research analyst at BluePath Labs, to discuss his article “Fearing Hardships and Fatigue? Refusals to Serve in China’s Military, 2009-2018,” which was recently published in the Journal of Contemporary China.
8/10/202334 minutes, 14 seconds
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How the CCP Finances its Global Ambitions

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Zongyuan Zoe Liu, a fellow for international political economy at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the new book Sovereign Funds: How the Communist Party of China Finances Its Global Ambitions. 
7/6/202339 minutes, 5 seconds
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The National Security Commission Meets

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Gerard Dipippo – Senior Fellow in the Economics Program at CSIS, and Andrew Polk – Co-founder of Trivium China and Senior associate with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. This week they discuss China’s national security and the readout from the recent convening of China’s National Security Commission.
6/15/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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Interpreting the Recent Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission Meeting

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Carl Minzner – Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council for Foreign Relations and a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, Gerard Dipippo – Senior Fellow in the Economics Program at CSIS, and Andrew Polk – Cofounder of Trivium China and Senior associate with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. Through the lens of China’s politburo and domestic leadership, they examine how China assesses its economy and recovery since the end of zero-COVID policies.  
5/25/202345 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Information Flows Impact Decision Making

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Tyler Jost – Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science at Brown University. They discuss how China’s bureaucratic structure and politics impacts leader decision making. 
5/11/202344 minutes, 4 seconds
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Economic Dynamics of a Cross-Strait Crisis

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Gerard Dipippo – Senior Fellow in the Economics Program at CSIS, and Andrew Polk - Cofounder of Trivium China and Senior associate with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. They discuss the economic and financial dynamics of a possible Taiwan Strait Crisis.
4/13/202347 minutes, 28 seconds
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Outsourcing Repression

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Dr. Lynette H. Ong, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, jointly appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Asian Institute and also a Faculty Fellow at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. They discuss her recent book Outsourcing Repression: Everyday State Power in Contemporary China.  
3/30/202332 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Political Logic of Taxation in China

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Dr. Changdong Zhang, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Peking University and Visiting Scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, to discuss his recent book Governing and Ruling: The Political Logic of Taxation in China.
3/23/202341 minutes, 4 seconds
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China’s Evolving Political and Economic System

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Kellee Tsai, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and Chair Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, to discuss her recent articles “Structural Power, Hegemony, and State Capitalism: Limits to China’s Global Economic Power,” published in Politics & Society, and “China’s Party-State Capitalism and International Backlash: From Interdependence to Insecurity,” published in International Security.
3/2/202337 minutes, 3 seconds
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Corporate Governance with Chinese Characteristics

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Professor at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business at the Copenhagen Business School, to discuss his work on corporate governance in the Chinese state sector, focusing on his paper: “Corporate Governance with Chinese Characteristics: Party Organization in State-owned Enterprises.” 
2/16/202334 minutes, 47 seconds
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Party Building in China's Institutions

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Daniel Koss, a Research Scholar and Lecturer in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, to discuss his work on Party-building in two recent articles: “Party Building as Institutional Bricolage: Asserting Authority at the Business Frontier & Discipline Inspections,” published in the China Quarterly, and his forthcoming paper, “Discipline Inspections and the Transformation of Party Authority in China’s Banks."
2/2/202353 minutes, 39 seconds
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China’s Influence and Investments in Africa

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Margaret Pearson, Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park to discuss her recent research on Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa. Her recent works include “Does Chinese FDI in Africa Inspire Support for a China Model of Development” and “Foreign Direct Investment, Unmet Expectations and the Prospects of Political Leaders: Evidence from Chinese Investment in Africa.” 
1/19/202350 minutes, 46 seconds
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Dictatorship and Information

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Martin K. Dimitrov,  a professor of political science at Tulane University, to discuss his recent book, ‘Dictatorship and Information’: Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China.
1/5/202336 minutes, 14 seconds
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Consensus-Building Toward a New Top Priority

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Howard Wang, an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, to discuss his recent paper, ‘Security Is a Prerequisite for Development’: Consensus-Building toward a New Top Priority in the Chinese Communist Party.
12/15/202239 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Rise and Fall of the EAST

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Yasheng Huang, the Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management, to discuss his forthcoming book, The Rise and the Fall of the EAST: Examination, Autocracy, Stability and Technology in Chinese History and Today.
12/1/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 5 seconds
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Missionary Roots of Nationalism

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Dan Mattingly, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University, to discuss his recent paper, The Missionary Roots of Nationalism: Evidence from China. In addition to the paper, they discuss emerging questions surrounding China’s system, the shift of leadership norms in China, and whether China is beginning a new crisis era under centralized rule.
11/10/20221 hour, 56 seconds
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Political Selection of Local Cadres

In this episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by Linan Jia, a political scientist who recently received her PhD from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, to discuss her recent article, Loyalty and Competence: The Political Selection of Local Cadres in China.
10/27/202232 minutes, 3 seconds
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China’s Strategic Opportunity

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Yong Deng, professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, to discuss his new book, China's Strategic Opportunity: Change and Revisionism in Chinese Foreign Policy.
10/13/202236 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chinese Influence through Technical Standardization Power

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Tim Rühlig, Research Fellow in the Technology and Global Affairs Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss his recent paper, Chinese Influence through Technical Standardization Power.
9/29/202236 minutes, 55 seconds
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Surveillance State

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Josh Chin and Liza Lin, both reporters at the Wall Street Journal, to discuss their new book, Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control.
9/16/202239 minutes, 3 seconds
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Capital Mobility and Taxation

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Ling Chen, an assistant professor in political economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS, to discuss her article, Capital Mobility and Taxation: State-Business Collusion in China.
8/25/202226 minutes, 16 seconds
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Picking Losers

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by David Bulman, the Jill McGovern and Steven Muller Assistant Professor of China Studies and International Affairs and U.S. Director of the Pacific Community Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), to discuss his co-authored paper, Picking Losers: How Career Incentives Undermine Industrial Policy in Chinese Cities.
8/11/202240 minutes, 23 seconds
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Localized Bargaining

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Xiao Ma, an assistant professor of Political Science at Peking University and faculty associate at Peking University Research Center for Contemporary China, to discuss his recent book, Localized Bargaining: The Political Economy of China’s High-Speed Railway Program.
7/28/202236 minutes, 38 seconds
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Terror Capitalism

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Darren Byler, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University, to discuss two of his recent books, Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City, and In the Camps: China's High-Tech Penal Colony.
7/14/202238 minutes, 23 seconds
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Rebuilding Authority

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Jean Christopher Mittelstaedt, departmental lecturer in modern Chinese studies at the University of Oxford, to discuss his recent paper, Rebuilding Authority: The Party's Relationship with Its Grassroots Organizations.
6/30/202235 minutes, 47 seconds
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Coalitions of the Weak

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Victor Shih, associate professor and Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego. They discuss his new book, Coalitions of the Weak: Elite Politics in China from Mao’s Stratagem to the Rise of Xi.
6/16/202249 minutes, 44 seconds
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Factional Model-Making in China

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Olivia Cheung, Research Fellow at the China Institute at SOAS University of London, to discuss her recent paper, Factional Model-making in China: Party Elites’ Open Political Contention in the Policy Process.
6/2/202237 minutes, 9 seconds
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China’s Power Position in Global Ports

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Isaac B. Kardon, an assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College, to discuss his paper Pier Competitor: China’s Power Position in Global Ports, which is co-authored with Wendy Leutert.   The views expressed by the guest are his own and do not necessarily represent those of the Navy or Department of Defense.
5/19/202242 minutes, 49 seconds
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Foreign and Security Policymaking in Xi Jinping’s China

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Suisheng Zhao, Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, to discuss his paper, Top-level Design and Enlarged Diplomacy: Foreign and Security Policymaking in Xi Jinping’s China.
5/5/202240 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Rise of Data Politics

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Lizhi Liu, Assistant Professor in the McDonough School of Business and a faculty affiliate of the Department of Government at Georgetown University, to discuss her recent paper, The Rise of Data Politics: Digital China and the World.
4/21/202236 minutes, 17 seconds
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Elite Purges in Marxist-Leninist Regimes

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Joseph Torigian, an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University, to discuss his paper “You Don't Know Khrushchev Well”: The Ouster of the Soviet Leader as a Challenge to Recent Scholarship on Authoritarian Politics.
4/7/202232 minutes, 42 seconds
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Defending Stability Under Threat

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by H. Christoph Steinhardt, assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna, to discuss his paper, Defending Stability under Threat: Sensitive Periods and the Repression of Protest in Urban China.
3/24/202240 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Xi Jinping Effect

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Ashley Esarey, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, to discuss his recent paper, Propaganda as a Lens for Assessing Xi Jinping’s Leadership.
3/10/202242 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why Does the CCP Need a Core?

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is join by Xuezhi Guo, the Lincoln Financial Professor of Political Science at Gilford College, to discuss his book, The Politics of the Core Leader in China: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power.
2/24/202235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Grading Xi Jinping

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Elizabeth Economy, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, currently on leave serving as senior advisor for China in the Department of Commerce. They discuss her evaluation of Xi Jinping’s leadership, as well as her new book, The World According to China.
2/10/202231 minutes, 51 seconds
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Democratic Centralism

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Patricia Thornton, an Associate Professor of Chinese Politics at University of Oxford and Acting Chief Editor of The China Quarterly. They discuss her recent paper, Of Constitutions, Campaigns and Commissions: A Century of Democratic Centralism under the CCP.
1/27/202231 minutes, 6 seconds
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Performative Governance

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Iza Ding, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburg, to discuss her paper, Performative Governance.
1/13/202229 minutes, 9 seconds
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From General Secretary to Chairman: Xi Jinping’s Third Road

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Ling Li, a Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna, to discuss her essay, The Third Road: Where Will Xi Jinping Go in 2022?.
12/16/202133 minutes, 25 seconds
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Cyber Nationalism and Regime Support under Xi Jinping

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Rongbin Han, an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at The University of Georgia, to discuss his recent paper, Cyber Nationalism and Regime Support under Xi Jinping: The Effects of the 2018 Constitutional Revision.
12/2/202137 minutes, 7 seconds
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Public Opinion in China

On this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Rory Truex, an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, to discuss his research on public opinion in China. For more on Rory's work: https://www.rorytruex.com/research-areas
11/18/202136 minutes, 18 seconds
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Special Deals with Chinese Characteristics

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Chang-Tai Hsieh, the Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, to discuss his recently co-authored paper, Special Deals with Chinese Characteristics.
10/21/202141 minutes, 9 seconds
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From Mao to Now

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by David Shambaugh, the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs, and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, to discuss his new book, China's Leaders: From Mao to Now.
10/7/202138 minutes, 30 seconds
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Political Risk and Firm Exit

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Jack Zhang, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Trade War Lab at the University of Kansas. They discuss a co-authored paper with Samantha Vortherms, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Irvine, Political Risk and Firm Exit: Evidence from the US-China Trade War, which examines the political economy of tariffs and decoupling. 
9/23/202139 minutes, 17 seconds
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Who Not What

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Mary Gallagher, Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute at the University of Michigan, and Blake Miller, Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science at the London School of Economics, to discuss their recent paper, Who Not What: The Logic of China's Information Control Strategy, which examines how the Chinese Party-state controls social media. References: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/china-quarterly/article/who-not-what-the-logic-of-chinas-information-control-strategy/4DC69883679770CBCDB1F1B87A34F09E
9/9/202148 minutes, 14 seconds
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Rethinking Chinese Politics

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Boston University Pardee School, to discuss his new book, Rethinking Chinese Politics, which was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
8/26/202140 minutes, 12 seconds
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Workers and Change in China

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Manfred Elfstrom, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of British Columbia, to discuss his new book, Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, Responsiveness. 
8/12/202132 minutes, 59 seconds
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Reading the People's Daily

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Manoj Kewalramani, a Fellow in China Studies at the Bangalore-based Takshashila Institution. They discuss how and why to read the People's Daily. 
7/29/202142 minutes, 12 seconds
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Retrofitting Leninism

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Dimitar Gueorguiev, an associate professor of political science at Syracuse University, to discuss his forthcoming book, Retrofitting Leninism: Participation without Democracy in China.
7/15/202132 minutes, 19 seconds
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Visible Development First

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Leng Ning, an Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, to discuss her research on state-business relations and incentive structures for CCP cadres. 
7/1/202135 minutes, 41 seconds
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Overcoming the Emperor's Dilemma

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Wang Yuhua, the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University, to discuss how rulers in Imperial China maintained -- and lost -- political power. 
6/17/202137 minutes, 26 seconds
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Patriotic Education

In this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair in China Studies Jude Blanchette is joined by Karrie J. Koesel, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, to discuss her research on Beijing's campaign to instill regime loyalty amongst the Chinese population.
6/3/202134 minutes, 50 seconds
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Cautious Bully

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by George Mason University's Ketian Zhang to discuss her recent article, "Cautious Bully: Reputation, Resolve, and Beijing's Use of Coercion in the South China Sea."
5/20/202146 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ideology Matters

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by Jason Wu, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, to discuss his work mapping the substance and spectrum of ideology in China. 
5/6/202135 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Strength of a Weak Organization

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by Jérôme Doyon, a Departmental Lecturer on Contemporary Chinese Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, to discuss his research on the evolving role of the Communist Youth League as a "path to power" within China's elite political networks. 
4/22/202132 minutes, 39 seconds
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Fragmented Authoritarianism in Xi's China

In this week's episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Jessica Teets, an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Middlebury College, to discuss her work on China's evolving governance system. 
4/8/202143 minutes, 51 seconds
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Provincial Power in a Centralizing China

In this week's episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Yeling Tan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and Kyle Jaros, an Associate Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. They discuss the critical -- and surprising -- role that provinces play in China's economic policymaking and development. Despite Xi Jinping's centralizing tendencies, provincial governments are as important as ever. 
3/25/202142 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ideology and Law in Xi Jinping's China

In this episode, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette talks with Rogier Creemers, an Associate Professor in the Law and Governance of China at Leiden University, about the role ideology plays in China's evolving legal and governance system. 
3/11/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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Stock Markets with Authoritarian Characteristics

In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by John Yasuda, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University to discuss his research on the development of China's financial and equity markets, and how these intersect with Beijing's political priorities.  
2/25/202129 minutes, 36 seconds
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Grand Steerage

In this week's episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Andrew Polk of Trivium China and Barry Naughton, the So Kwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at UC San Diego, to discuss Beijing's evolving theory and praxis towards managing its economic and financial systems. 
2/11/202143 minutes
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The New Realities of Party-State Capitalism in China

On this episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette explores the evolving nature of Chinese state capitalism with Meg Rithmire, the F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor at Harvard Business School. 
1/28/202138 minutes, 10 seconds
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Does Xi Jinping Face a Coup Threat?

In this episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by Yale University's Dan Mattingly to discuss his new working paper, "How the Party Commands the Gun: Coups, Revolts, and the Military in China." In it, Dan leverages a new dataset of over 10,000 appointments in the PLA to explore how Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping, manage the possibility of coups through personnel appointments. 
1/21/202137 minutes, 49 seconds
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Statistics and State-Building in Mao's China

How did communist ideology affect state-building efforts in the early PRC? How and why does the current CCP leadership view statistics through the lens of politics? In this episode, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Arunabh Ghosh, an associate professor of Modern Chinese History at Harvard University to discuss his new book, Making it Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People's Republic of China. 
1/7/202148 minutes, 52 seconds
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The State Advances, The Private Sector Retreats

In this episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette talks to Jörg Wuttke, the president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, to discuss the expanding power and influence of state-owned enterprises in China's economy.
12/10/202031 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why the 19th Party Congress Matters

What is the role of the quinquennial Party Congress? And why was the 19th Party Congress in 2017 so important to China's future economic, political, and military trajectory? In this episode, Jude Blanchette is joined by Dan Tobin, a member of the China studies faculty at the National Intelligence University, to explore the "watershed" of the 19th Party Congress.  The opinions expressed in the podcast belong solely to the guest and do not in any way represent the views of the United States government.
11/19/202039 minutes, 1 second
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Do Intellectuals Matter in Xi's China?

Under the rule of Xi Jinping, the space for intellectual debate has shrunk dramatically, impacting both China's left and right. To explore the realities of intellectual discourse in contemporary China, Jude Blanchette is joined by veteran journalist Chris Buckley of the New York Times. 
11/5/202027 minutes, 51 seconds
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China's Global Status Anxiety

Is China a developing country or a superpower? This question is at the heart of Pu Xiaoyu's 2019 book, Rebranding China: Contested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order. In this episode, he joins Jude Blanchette to explore how China's "contradictory posturing" complicates interpretations of its foreign policy. 
10/22/202039 minutes, 14 seconds
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China's Changing Strategy in Xinjiang

What explains Beijing's extraordinary campaign of repression in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region? In this episode, Jude Blanchette is joined by political scientist Sheena Greitens to discuss her 2019 paper, "Counterterrorism and Preventive Repression: China's Changing Strategy in Xinjiang."
10/8/202034 minutes, 35 seconds
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What Happens if Xi Jinping Dies in Office?

With the removal of the only term limit on office in March 2018, Xi Jinping stands to rule indefinitely. But what happens if he suddenly dies in office? How will China's political and economic system respond? In this episode, Jude Blanchette is joined by Michigan State University's Erica Frantz to discuss her co-authored paper, "When Dictators Die." 
9/24/202031 minutes, 2 seconds
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Mobilizing for Development

In this episode of Pekingology, Georgetown University's Kristen Looney joins Jude Blanchette to discuss her new book, Mobilizing for Development: The Modernization of Rural East Asia, which explores, inter alia, how the CCP used political campaigns to drive poverty alleviation efforts in rural China. 
9/10/202038 minutes, 30 seconds
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Revisiting China’s Social Volcano

In this episode of Pekingology, Harvard University’s Lei Ya-Wen joins Jude Blanchette to discuss her recent paper, "Revisiting China’s Social Volcano: Attitudes toward Inequality and Political Trust in China," which explores the evolving attitudes of Chinese citizens towards inequality and what impact this has on social stability and political trust. 
8/27/202024 minutes, 48 seconds
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Welfare for Autocrats

In this episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by Stanford University's Jennifer Pan to discuss her new book, Welfare for Autocrats: How Social Assistance in China Cares for its Rulers, which explores how China's social safety net has morphed to become a tool for enforcing political stability. 
8/13/202025 minutes, 13 seconds
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Communists Constructing Capitalism

In this first episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette invites Julian Gruin to discuss the evolution of China's hybrid economic system and the domineering role of the Communist Party over the financial sector. Julian Gruin is assistant professor of transnational governance at the University of Amsterdam. You can find his book, Communists Constructing Capitalism: State, Market, and the Party in China's Financial Reform, here.
7/28/202038 minutes, 22 seconds