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2017/02/28 | Suzanne Pepper

Hong Kong Election: Beijing Decides, Hong Kong Approves

Beijing must feel Carrie Lam is their best hope for reducing tensions and getting the job done as they proceed with all their cross-border interventions.

2016/11/27 | Melissa M. Smith

BOOK REVIEW: 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail'

Is there too much money behind U.S. political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail' Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favor of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarization that characterizes the U.S. political system. While she questions the extrapolation of state-level analysis to the federal level, Melissa M. Smith praises the cogent delivery of the book’s central claim, even if it remains to be seen if the authors’ points will make it into practice.

2016/08/19 | Suzanne Pepper

ANALYSIS: Early Polling for Hong Kong's September Election

For all the anxiety over a possible post-Occupy pro-independence radical surge on Sept. 4, preliminary polling suggests there may be only minimal change in the Legislative Council’s balance of political forces once the dust settles. Suddenly, tactical voting doesn’t seem like such a bad idea after all.

2016/08/10 | Suzanne Pepper

ANALYSIS: Spotlight on Hong Kong Independence

'Now that the independence argument is being so clearly articulated in Hong Kong, Beijing can’t pretend anymore that it doesn’t understand what people here are talking about.'

2016/07/18 | The Japan Times

Getting Japan’s Young Voters to the Ballot Box

Why is voter turnout among Japan’s young so low? Does Germany have the answer?

2016/07/13 | The Japan Times

Japan Election: Abe’s New Voter Mandate

Voters in Japan may not be entirely happy with Abenomics, but they did not see a credible alternative in the opposition parties.

2016/07/12 | Suzanne Pepper

Beijing Pushes Back: A Referendum on 8.31?

The electoral reform project in Hong Kong will be revived...with the same Beijing-mandated framework, the same arguments, and the same official players. Only the action plan will be different.