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When Beijing Goes to Washington: Estimating Autocratic Lobbying Influence in Democracies
How does autocratic lobbying affect political outcomes and media coverage in democracies? This presentation focuses on a dataset drawn from the public records of the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act. It includes over 10,000 lobbying activities undertaken by the Chinese government between 2005 and 2019. Using a variety of statistical approaches, Prof. Carter finds that Chinese government lobbying makes legislators more likely to sponsor legislation that is favorable to Chinese interests. She concludes US media outlets that participated on Chinese-government sponsored trips subsequently covered China as less threatening. Coverage pivoted away from US-China military rivalry and the CCP’s persecution of religious minorities and toward US-China economic cooperation.

Jul 15, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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