Authoritarian Signaling, Mass Audiences, and Nationalist Protest in China

  title={Authoritarian Signaling, Mass Audiences, and Nationalist Protest in China},
  author={Jessica Chen Weiss},
How can authoritarian states credibly signal their intentions in international crises? Although autocrats may be accountable to domestic elites, the literature has not specified a mechanism by which autocrats can visibly demonstrate their domestic constraints to foreign observers ex ante. Nationalist, anti-foreign protests are one such mechanism. Because protests in authoritarian states are risky and costly to repress, the decision to allow or stifle popular mobilization is informative and… CONTINUE READING

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