Daniel Mattingly

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University

YOUNG PATRON EVENT: Mastering Repression: How China Controls Its People

About the Topic

Beyond the obvious instruments of state control, China has developed everyday methods of coercion. A system of informal institutions encourages obedience by tapping the obligations and allegiances among non-state groups. Methods include nurturing organizations like temple groups, co-opting local notables, and infiltrating village sub-cells. While this vast, unofficial control fosters compliance with the state, it can also backfire by creating grievances and linking activists to each other.

About the Speaker

Daniel Mattingly is an Assistant Professor at Yale’s Political Science Department. His research centers on China’s authoritarian rule, including the roles of technology, the military, and nationalism. His recent book, The Art of Political Control in China (2019) examines how China limits protests while dictating policies from family planning to sweeping urbanization.