Felix Wiebrecht


Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

My research focuses on authoritarian politics and institutions as well as democratization and autocratization processes, globally and with a regional focus on China/Asia.

I received my PhD in Government and Public Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2022. In my doctoral dissertation, I explore how the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferences (CPPCC) coopt societal elites, inform policy-making processes in China, and ultimately, contribute to regime stability. For this work, I utilize quantitative methods including time-series, text-as-data, and causal inference approaches to analyse original data. In addition, I have fieldwork experience in several locations in China where I conducted interviews.

My work has been published in journals including Policy & Politics, Democratization, and Global Media and China.

I am also a Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of the Authoritarian Political Systems Group (APSG).