On Thursday 28 February 2019 at 12.45 pm. Yihong Liu will defend his PhD dissertation Crisis Rhetoric and Policy in China. Toward a Dynamic Process Model of Crisis Exploitation.
With the help of Western theories about policy, Liu investigated the relationship between large-scale crises and policy reforms in China. To what extent have crises been the reason to make changes? Based on three cases (the SARS virus crisis in 2003, the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 and the H1N1 epidemic in 2009-2010), he concludes that the Chinese political elite in their rhetoric and framing seizes a crisis to implement policy changes - if sufficient alternatives and good opportunities for improvement are available, for example in the organization of health care.
In addition to an overview study, Liu's PhD research also offers a dynamic process model for considering policy in the specific context of Chinese politics.
Yihong Liu is Lecturer at the School of International and Public Affair, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and PhD student at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG).