Stephen Noakes from the School of Science at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “why is China the way it is politically?”

Noakes is currently engaged in a pair of book projects. The first is a cross-national comparative study of China’s development assistance in the Pacific Islands. The second (co-authored with Dr. Chris Wilson) examines challenges to liberal democracy in the twenty-first century, including the rise and resilience of competitive authoritarian regimes, terrorist/guerrilla insurgencies, and far-right populist movements.

Stephen Noakes is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. He is an expert in contemporary Chinese politics and is the author of The Advocacy Trap: Transnational Activism and State Power in China.

This is part eight of the Big Q’s “Big Question” video series. For more click here.

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