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Jerri Killian (Committee Member), Laura Luehrmann (Committee Chair), Donna Schlagheck (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


How do national political and economic policies impact the ability of cities to accomplish urban growth and economic goals? This study examines the state policies Shanghai operates under to assess the potential for software reform in China. Specifically, this study examines software by drawing on the corruption and rule of law theories of Larry Diamond and Randall Perrenboom. This study also uses Richard Florida's creative class theory to examine tolerance of lesbians and gay men in Shanghai and its impact on the city's priority industries. Additionally, this study examines Shanghai's placement on the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Global Cities Index and the political influence of the Shanghai Clique to assess the likely future of Shanghai from a comparative international perspective. This study concludes with a discussion of the potential for reform and implications of China's success or failure internationally through the scope of Andrew Nathan's theory of authoritarian resilience.

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Department or Program

Department of Political Science

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