Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others, such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care, fared better? What have the costs been on political movements with the more successful campaigns? What activism can work in the authoritarian country? Maria Armoudian speaks with Stephen Noakes.

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 Advocacy Trap: Transnational Activism and State Power in China.

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