Variations in Policy Topics Amongst Foreign Policy Think Tanks in China

American Political Science Association Annual Conference (San Francisco, USA), August 31-September 3, 2017

20 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2018 Last revised: 7 Apr 2021

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Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Caleb Pomeroy

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Foreign affairs policymaking inputs by think tanks are one of the most difficult analytical characteristics to disaggregate and analyze. This is further compounded when examining an authoritarian regime such as China with limited publicly accessible information. Using novel text analytical techniques, this study examines (dis)similarities in foreign policy topics, and temporal shifts, amongst Chinese domestic think tanks during the early period of Xi Jinping’s administration (2013-present). Think tanks in our sample represent are refined by organizational types such as government, government-operated, and university-affiliated think tanks. In spite of operating in an increasingly centralized authoritarian institutional environment, we find variations in topics covered by think tanks over time and organizational type. These findings are notable for domestic and international actors wanting to engage with Chinese institutions who influence foreign affairs policymaking.

Keywords: China, foreign policy, think tanks, government-operated think tanks (GOTT), university-affiliated think tanks (UATT), text analysis, structural topic modelling

Suggested Citation

Hasmath, Reza and Pomeroy, Caleb, Variations in Policy Topics Amongst Foreign Policy Think Tanks in China (2017). American Political Science Association Annual Conference (San Francisco, USA), August 31-September 3, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3143790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3143790

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

10-16 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

Caleb Pomeroy

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science ( email )

Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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