Peter Beattie is an assistant professor in the Masters of Global Political Economy Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the role of ideas and information in political economy. His first book, Social Evolution, Political Psychology, and the Media in Democracy: The Invisible Hand in the U.S. Marketplace of Ideas, describes the role the news media currently plays, contrasting it with the role it is supposed to play within democratic theory. Influences from the demand side – political psychological biases that affect how users of news media interpret information – and from the supply side – political economic pressures affecting what information and interpretations are offered by the news media – distort the marketplace of ideas, or the ecology of information, and frustrate the promise of democracy. His most recent research applies “elective affinity” theory, that psychological traits influence the development of political ideology, to China through an analysis of a nationally representative survey.
Looking past common prognostications, this article focuses on the conditions for an alternative possible future of China-U.S. relations, beyond the trade war or a new cold war. Its aim is to map out a possible future that would open up if the U.S. political system takes a leftward turn in 2020 or beyond.
The role of ideas and information in political economy.
Assistant Professor in the Masters of Global Political Economy Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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