The “One-Party State” in China


The “One-Party State” in China


This virtual lecture by new political science faculty member Reed Zhenhuan Lei revolved around his recent research using the case of the People’s Republic of China. He looked at the impact of a one-party state system on leadership decisions about adhering to the party line, avoiding conflict, etc.


Reed Lei is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs. Using tools from statistical methods and game theory, his research primarily focuses on how bureaucracy, party, congress, court, business association, local governments, and other formal institutions work in authoritarian settings with a regional focus on China. He is working on a book manuscript that studies how different models of government accountability and political career incentives affect the decision to invest in transportation infrastructure in China and in the United States.