Convergence and Divergence Amongst China’s Foreign Policy Think Tanks

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

23 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2018 Last revised: 18 Jul 2019

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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

Due to the opaque nature of China’s think tanks, understanding their behaviour can often be a tea-reading exercise. Through a novel application of natural language processing methods, particularly structural topic models, this article analyzes foreign policy topics, position variance, and changes over time amongst China’s think tanks. Think tanks in our sample represent different geographical locations, and are further refined by organizational types such as government, government-operated, and university-affiliated think tanks. We find evidence for convergence in the topics covered by China’s think tanks, however, this varies over time and by organizational type. Further, policy issues are especially responsive to topics of sovereignty and domestic governance, while space exists for divergence on less-critical topics.

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

Suggested Citation

Hasmath, Reza and Pomeroy, Caleb, Convergence and Divergence Amongst China’s Foreign Policy Think Tanks (2017). American Political Science Association Annual Conference (San Francisco, USA), August 31-September 3, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=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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