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Contesting Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists in Russia and China

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The King's Russia Institute, the Lau China Institute and the War Studies Russian & Eurasian Security Research Group are pleased to invite you to a discussion of:

Contesting Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists in Russia and China


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Maria Repnikova Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University (Atlanta)


While contentious acts in authoritarian systems have largely been examined in the context of democratization, little is known about the modes of contention that do not yield immediate democratic outcomes, yet push regimes to adapt and evolve in the long-term. This paper theorizes about such practices through a comparative study of critical journalists in China and Russia. Drawing on in-depth interviews and participant observation in the two countries, the paper presents two distinct types of boundary-spanning activity: within-the-system resistance, carried out in partnership with the state, and extraneous or defiant contestation deployed in opposition to the system. The paper further demonstrates that these two types of contestation practices feed into journalists' broader conceptions of political transitions, rooted in recent historical experiences with alternative political models.

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