Are some powers more equal than others?

Exploring attitudes to healthcare in China is just one of many projects in which Glasgow researchers are gathering valuable insights into a country that has become a rapidly growing global power.

Another example is an international study focusing on the relationship between social inequality and political stability in China and Russia, titled: Rising Powers: Unequal Powers, Authoritarian Powers, Unstable Powers?

Against a backdrop of growing social inequality in both countries, the team led from Glasgow by Professor of Politics Stephen White is measuring that inequality, both in itself and as local people perceive it, by engaging native experts and officials in interviews, surveys and focus groups. The research aims to place both societies against a broader comparative background.

‘One of the key questions of our time,’ says Professor White, ‘is if this model of development being shown in these nations is a viable one. Will mounting resistance to widening inequalities lead to greater repression and perhaps ultimately a crisis of state power?’

Key partners for the project include Professor Ian McAllister from the Australian National University, Canberra, and two Russian academics – Professor Olga Kryshtanovskaya and her colleague Mikhail Korostikov from the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, who will be exploring the connections between government office-holding and private business in both countries.

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