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The Performative State: 

Public Opinion, Political Pageantry, and Environmental Governance in China

Prof. Iza Ding, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract:How do states legitimate themselves? In this talk, Iza Ding introduces the concept "performative governance" as the state’s theatrical deployment of language, symbols, and gestures to signal the provision of good governance to citizens with the intention of managing public perception. She argues that, under identifiable conditions, the state intentionally engages in performative governance to shape public perception; second, performative governance is effective in sustaining public approval, at least for the short term.

Biography: Iza Ding an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Her research examines post-Socialist political and economic development, with a substantive focus on bureaucracy, public opinion, and environmentalism, and a regional focus on Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Co-organized by: Department of Government and Public Administration, CUHK

Time            16:00 – 17:30, Thursday, 11 January 2018

Fee              Free Admission

Venue          USC, 8/F, Tin Ka Ping Building, CUHK

Language   English