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I am an assistant research fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. My research interests mainly cover two fields: trade politics and democratization. The core argument in my past research is that dictators can utilize trade policies to prolong their political survival. Specifically, dictators can either rely on protectionism to consolidate the support of special interests groups or implement trade liberalization to neutralize threats of democratization. I find that in some cases, especially in labor-abundant dictatorships, economic globalization inhibits democratization.

I can be reached with wenchinwu[at]sinica.edu.tw.