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Comparative Politics Workshop- Julia Bader

Old flames never dying? Analyzing the Chinese Communist Party’s relations to political parties in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, November 14, 2016 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Abstract: Since the early 2000s, interactions between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and many African parties have considerably increased. At the same time, the intensity of party contacts varies considerably across parties. Building on a new dataset on the CCP’s interaction with African parties, we investigate how the CCP’s relations with African parties have evolved since the early 2000s and examine the drivers of authoritarian party-to-party contacts.
Contrary to the widely held argument that China’s foreign relations are strongly driven by economic and other foreign policy interests, our research shows that party-to-party relations are still influenced by similar ideology and close historic ties. Economic and political interests play a less prominent role in party-to-party contacts.


Julia Bader is Assistant Professor for International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and an Associate Fellow at the German Development Institute. She joined the Department of Political Science and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research in July 2012. Before joining UvA, Julia Bader worked as a research fellow at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn (Germany) for five years. Julia Bader holds a MA in Politics and Management from Konstanz University and a PhD in Political Science from Heidelberg University.

Julia Bader's work focuses on China´s foreign relations; regime transition and autocratic stability, international relations and foreign policy, development assistance and human right. She is a member of the International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes - IDCAR-Network.

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