Citizens and Representation Cluster

The Citizen and Representation Cluster (CRC) brings together vibrant scholars who are interested in understanding the complex relationship between citizens and their representatives in different political systems. Our primary goal is to investigate how public preferences are formed, how citizens make their voices heard, and how this impacts policy outcomes at the local, national, and international levels. In particular, with the sponsorship of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC), we hope to engage in public policy debates on citizens’ representation in China and other countries and provide a broad picture of citizen involvement in a comparative perspective.

Cluster Leads

Jiahua Yue

Jiahua Yue is an Assistant professor of political science at Duke Kunshan University. His research focus is international political economy, comparative international development, and Chinese politics. He is also interested in applied computation methods in social science, such as text analysis and image processing tools. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, World Development, among others. He teaches a wide range of topics on international conflict, trade and foreign investment, public opinion, and authoritarian politics. Yue has a B.E. in information security from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an M.A. in international relations and economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. (with distinction) in political science from Yale University.

Andrew Macdonald

Andrew Macdonald is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University. His research focuses on service provision in authoritarian regimes and the incentive structure of developing nations in providing social welfare benefits, as well as how individuals are impacted by and react to state narratives and ideology. His primary interest is in finding new ways of unlocking data to better understand individual-level outcomes in China. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include political economy, institutions and governance, and political science. MacDonald has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in East Asian studies from Stanford University, and an M.Phil and Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Louisville's Center for Asian Democracy.

Jason Todd

Jason Todd is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University. His work spans the fields of American and comparative politics, including both democratic and authoritarian regimes. He is particularly interested in examining how political institutions shape law and policy, whether that is through the legislators who make them or the judges who interpret them. At Duke Kunshan, he teaches courses on the comparative politics of public policy, the global phenomenon of democratic erosion, and methods for program evaluation.

Student Members

  • Haonan Chen
  • Evelyn Gao
  • Ruby Tianlei Qiu
  • Jack Hun
  • Jiaxin Shi
  • Jialong Wang

Main Projects and Research Topics

  • Jiahua Yue. Citizen and Elite Divide in China: The Case of Third-Child Policy.
  • Andrew MacDonald. Meaning or Framing: Measuring the Effectiveness of Chinese Propaganda.
  • Jason Todd. The Logic of Authoritarian Elections.