“Purchasing with the Party: Chinese consumer boycotts of foreign companies, 2008–2021”, Viking Bohman and Hillevi Pårup (UI, Sweden)

As the world’s largest consumer economy, China provides one of the most attractive markets for multinational companies. However, businesses seeking to capitalise on the significant purchasing power of Chinese citizens are facing new challenges because of a growing number of consumer boycotts in the country. As some of these movements have been sponsored by the Chinese state, this development also raises questions for foreign governments that seek to ensure fair and equal treatment for their companies based in China.

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