Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy: “Mixed Governance” and Welfare in South Korea

July 2011

How did South Korea lift itself from destitution to affluence? And how was its ruthlessly authoritarian regime able to metamorphose into a stable democracy? Coopting the business and voluntary sectors to deliver welfare positioned the country to accomplish both.

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Liberation Technology: China’s “Networked Authoritarianism”

April 2011

Chinese authoritarianism has deftly adapted to the Internet Age, employing various forms of technological controls. China’s brand of networked authoritarianism serves as a model for other regimes, such as those of Iran and Russia.

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Liberation Technology: The Battle for the Chinese Internet

April 2011

In China, the Internet is not merely contested space between citizen and government. It is also a catalyst for social and political transformation, offering the possibility of better governance with greater citizen participation.

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Sri Lanka: From Turmoil to Dynasty

April 2011

Having only recently emerged from a prolonged and remarkably bitter civil war, Sri Lanka is now slipping steadily under the hardening authoritarian control of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family.

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Books in Review: Opening North Korea

April 2011

A review of Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea by Marcus Noland and Stephan Haggard.

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