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Reny, Marie-Ève

Assistant Professor


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Reny, Marie-Ève

Research expertise

My research has to do with the field of comparative politics. My recent work has been aimed at better understanding the behaviour of authoritarian regimes toward different opposition groups in their societies. More specifically, I have been examining strategies employed by these regimes for managing opposition (e.g.: co-optation, coercion, repression and containment), the factors underlying each strategy, and the costs and benefits that the state stakeholders see in their use.

The opposition groups in my research are clandestine religious groups that defy the government either because they are opposed to the regime as such or because they are demanding formal recognition that cannot be granted them in their current system.

My main case study concerns clandestine Protestant churches in China, for which I spent 11 months on a field study in 8 Chinese cities in 2009-2010. The project will be the subject of my first book, in fact, entitled The Politics of Authoritarian Containment: Local Governments and Underground Protestant Churches in China.

Areas of expertise


Reny, Marie-Eve. « Public Security Bureaus' Containment Strategy toward Protestant House Churches », dans Jessica C. Teets et William Hurst (eds.), Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance, Routledge, à paraître en novembre 2014. 

Reny, Marie-Eve. « 比较政治学研究中被边缘化的中国 » (Traduction de l'article « What Happened to the Study of China in Comparative Politics? »), 比较政治研究系列 (Comparative Politics Studies Series), 中央编译局出版社 (Central Compilation and Tranlation Press), à paraître en mai 2014.

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2014. « China (Social Media, Unrest) », dans Kerric Harvey (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, SAGE Publications.

Reny, Marie-Eve and William Hurst. 2012. « Social Unrest: Conceptualizing and Categorizing Contentious Politics in China », dans Chris Ogden (ed.), Handbook of China’s Governance and Domestic Politics, London: Routledge. 

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2011. « What Happened to the Study of China in Comparative Politics? » Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1.

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2011. « Authoritarianism as a Research Constraint for Political Scientists in the Field? The Case of China », dans un Symposium intitulé Field Research under Authoritarianism: Where Methods Meet Regime Type, Comparative Democratization Newsletter (American Political Science Association), Vol. 9, No. 2.

Reny, Marie-Eve. 2009. « The Politicization of Language and Religion: Patterns of Ethnic Mobilization among the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the Sikhs in Punjab », Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 490-521. 

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