Haemin Jee is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. Her research focuses on authoritarian institutions and their relationship to governance outcomes, with a regional focus on China.
Her dissertation, Credit for Compliance: How Institutional Proliferation Establishes Control in China, asks how autocrats can reap the benefits of strong rule of law -- efficient regulation, compliance with laws, and general social order -- without strengthening judicial institutions that could limit their power in the future. She proposes that autocrats embark on a strategy of institutional proliferation and create new information-gathering and punitive institutions that fill the functional gaps of existing ones. The theory of institutional proliferation and its implications are explored through a rigorous analysis of the social credit system in China. The dissertation leverages fieldwork, close readings of government documents, original data on local implementation of the social credit system, modern causal inference methods, and survey experiments to develop and test the theory of institutional proliferation in autocratic contexts.
Beyond the dissertation, her other research projects also explore the crucial nexus between autocratic institutions and governance outcomes. In a series of projects, she studies how bureaucratic politics play a vital role in determining responsiveness to the public in an authoritarian regime. She also innovates on methodological work for the study of autocracies, developing new techniques appropriate for measuring public opinion in contexts where truthful expression could be extremely costly.