Comparative Politics

Voluntary Sacrifice of Freedom: Why Are Some Chinese Nationals Supporting Government Censorship?


  • Ziyi Wu Massachusetts Institute of Technology


While the effects of government censorship are widely explored in the literature, most works on government censorship have assumed a nature intention for citizens to seek freedom of speech in authoritarian regimes. However, citizens in authoritarian regimes may actually support government censorship due to various reasons. In this study, I explore the potential reasons of citizen's support towards government censorship in China among Chinese nationals both domestic and abroad. I proposes that willingness to support censorship is influenced by one's experience with political institutions and the political environment. The government could try to provide reasonings on censorship that aligns its interest in repressive behavior and citizens' personal interests to gain support on censorship.


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Summary of Upcoming Changes
The uploaded version of the draft is before the analysis on a pilot survey experiment conducted in the U.S. on respondents with Chinese origins. Therefore, the draft will soon been updated once the write-up is complete. Meanwhile, this summary presents the proposed changes to the current draft.
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APSA 2021 Presentation
The presentation slides for APSA 2021 Annual Conference


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