Uprooting Local Protectionism by Gavel: A Comparative Study of the Post-Civil War U.S. and Contemporary China

Yutian An, Politics

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 12:00pm
LAPA Conference Room, 348 Wallace Hall
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Abstract:  "This paper aims to demonstrate that the judiciary can play a critical role in reining in local protectionism, a phenomenon the literature has often overlooked.  In the backdrop of rapid industrialization and commercialization, the judiciary can tackle local protectionism in geographically vast countries by overcoming strong local powers’ resistance.  By studying the courts, the national political parties and elites in post-Civil War America and contemporary China, this paper seeks to explain why elites empowered the court system to tackle local protectionism."     

Yutian An

Yutian An is a Ph.D. student in Politics at Princeton University.  Her academic interests include authoritarian politics (Chinese politics), courts and comparative law, federalism, and bureaucracy.  

Yutian received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2016, where she was a Managing Editor of Yale Journal of International Law.  She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics and Economics from Mount Holyoke College in 2013. 

Before coming to Princeton, Yutian was a securities and antitrust litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.  She is a registered attorney in New York and has received China’s National Judicial Qualification Certificate after passing the National Judicial Examinations of China.  She is a native speaker of Chinese.