China’s reemergence as a global power has coincided with policies, including urbanization measures and family planning initiatives, that sometimes pit the Chinese state’s interests against those of individual citizens.
Daniel Mattingly, assistant professor of political science, studies the strength of the Chinese state and the means by which it encourages its citizens to obey policies that conflict with their material interests.
“China has extraordinarily high levels of state capacity, especially for a developing country,” said Mattingly ’04 B.A., ’08 M.A., who joined the faculty last fall. “Where does this strong state come from? There are a lot of answers. The piece that I’m interested in is the way that the Chinese government uses softer tools of repression to implement its policies.”