Work in Progress

Chinese Politics: A State-of-the-Art Primer. Book proposal, under review by Cambridge University Press.

Working Papers

The Impact of Political Purge on Political Decisionmaking: Political Selection under Extreme Uncertainty.” With Zeren Li. Under review.

Political Self-Censorship in an Authoritarian State: The Spatial-Temporal Dimension of Trouble.” With Charles Chang. Under review.

“Why Do Autocrats Permit the Media to Play to the Gallery? Information Gathering and News Coverage in China’s Anticorruption Campaign.” With Charles Chang.

“Political Selection in China: Rethinking Foundations and Findings.”


2015. Information for Autocrats: Representation in Chinese Local Congresses. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2010. Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies. Co-edited with Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, and Kenneth Lieberthal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Translated and published in Chinese as 当代中国政治:新资料、新方法和实地考察的新策略. Beijing: Social Sciences Press, 2014.

2004. Corruption by Design: Building Clean Government in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

1993. Retirement of Revolutionaries in China: Public Policies, Social Norms, Private Interests. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2017. “‘Good Types’ in Authoritarian Elections: The Selectoral Connection in Chinese Local Congresses.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 50, no. 3: 362–394. Pre-published in 2014.

2014. “Authoritarian Parochialism: Local Congressional Representation in China.” China Quarterly, no. 218: 311–338.

2008. “When Communist Party Candidates Can Lose, Who Wins? Assessing the Role of Local People’s Congresses in the Selection of Leaders in China.” China Quarterly, no. 195: 607–630.

2006. “Democracy, Community, Trust: The Impact of Chinese Village Elections in Context.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 39, no. 3: 301–324. Reprinted in The Politics and Governance of China, edited by Anthony Saich. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar, 2014.

2004. “Lessons for Mainland China from Anticorruption Reform in Hong Kong.” China Review, vol. 4, no. 2: 81–97.

2000. “Chinese Democratization in Perspective: Electorates and Selectorates at the Township Level. Report from the Field.” China Quarterly, no. 163: 133–151.

1998. “Issues in Corruption Control in Post-Mao China.” Issues and Studies, vol. 34, no. 9: 1–21.

1996. “The Electoral Connection in the Chinese Countryside.” American Political Science Review, vol. 90, no. 4: 736–748.

1996. “Corruption by Design: Bribery in Chinese Enterprise Licensing.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, vol. 12, no. 1: 167–195. “Correction to ‘Corruption by Design’.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (1998) vol. 14, no. 1: 180–182. Both reprinted in The Economics of Corruption and Illegal Markets, edited by Gianluca Fiorentini and Stefano Zamagni, vol. 1, 310–341. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar, 1999.

1994. “Survey Research in the Study of Contemporary China: Learning from Local Samples.” China Quarterly, no. 139: 741–765. Translated and published in Chinese as《当代中国研究中的问卷调查研究从地方样本中学习.》华中师范大学学报.人文社会科学版, vol. 53, no. 5 (2004): 117–126.

1992. “Politics and Policy in Post-Mao Cadre Retirement.” China Quarterly, no. 129: 1–25.

1991. “Policy Implementation in the People’s Republic of China: Authoritative Decisions versus Individual Interests.” Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 50, no. 2: 253–279.

1985. “The Cadre Management System, Post-Mao: The Appointment, Promotion, Transfer and Removal of Party and State Leaders.” China Quarterly, no. 102: 203–233.

Book Chapters

2018. “The Role of the Organization Department in Political Selection.” In Zouping Revisited: Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County, edited by Jean C. Oi and Steven M. Goldstein, 167–181. Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press.

2017. “Politics in China.” In Comparative Politics Today: A World View, 12th edition, by G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Kaare Strom, Melanie Manion, and Russell J. Dalton. New York: Pearson Longman. Undergraduate textbook.

2015. “Using All the Tools in Our Toolbox? The Study of Chinese Politics by Western Scholars.” In Gendai Chūgoku Kenkyū no Hōhō to Riron (Methodologies and Theories of Contemporary Chinese Politics), edited by Nobuo Takahashi, 275–294. Tokyo: Keio University Press. In Japanese.

2015. “The Challenge of Corruption.” In China’s Challenges: The Road Ahead, edited by Avery Goldstein and Jacques de Lisle, 125–138. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2014. “Institutional Design and Anticorruption in Mainland China.” In International Handbook of Political Corruption, edited by Paul M. Heywood, 242–252. Oxford: Routledge.

2010. “A Survey of Survey Research on Chinese Politics: What Have We Learned?” In Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies, edited by Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Melanie Manion, 181–199. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2010. “Measuring Change and Stability over a Decade in the Beijing Area Study.” With Mingming Shen and Ming Yang. In Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies, edited by Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Melanie Manion, 236–245. New York: Cambridge University Press.

2009. “Beyond Enforcement: Anticorruption Reform as a Problem of Institutional Design.” In Preventing Corruption in Asia: Institutional Design and Policy Capacity, edited by Ting Gong and Stephen K. Ma, 9–19. Oxford: Routledge.

2004. “Corruption and Its Impact in Mainland China.” In The Corruption Nexis and the People’s Republic of China: Current Thinking on Causes and Consequences, 113–180. College Park, Md.: IRIS Center at the University of Maryland.

2003. “Chinese Officials as Ordinary Respondents.” In Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Field Researchers, edited by Martha S. Feldman, Jeannine Bell, and Michele Tracy Berger, 61–65. Walnut Creek, Cal.: AltaMira Press.

1997. “Corruption in 1996: More of the Same.” In China Review 1997, edited by Maurice Brosseau, Hsin-chi Kuan, and Yak-yeow Kueh, 33–56. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.

1992. “The Behavior of Middlemen in the Cadre Retirement Policy Process.” In Bureaucracy, Politics, and Decision Making in Post-Mao China, edited by Kenneth G. Lieberthal and David M. Lampton, 216–244. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

1990. “Reluctant Duelists: The Logic of the 1989 Protests and Massacre.” In Beijing Spring, 1989: Confrontation and Conflict. The Basic Documents, edited by Michel Oksenberg, Lawrence R. Sullivan, and Marc Lambert, xiii–xlii. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

2016. “Taking China’s Anticorruption Campaign Seriously.” Economic and Political Studies (Beijing), vol. 4, no. 1: 3–18.

2013.《制度设计与中国特色社会主义反腐倡廉建设:以党风廉政建设责任制与党政领导干部选拔任用制为例》(Institutional Design and Anticorruption Reform with Chinese Characteristics: The Responsibility System for Party Workstyle and the System for Selecting Leading Officials). With Baishun Yuan. 当代中国政治研究报告, no. 12: 225–233. In Chinese.

2013.《评何增科‘建构现代国家廉政制度体系:中国的反腐败与权利监督》(Comment on He Zengke’s Essay “Building a Modern Anticorruption System: Anticorruption and Checks and Balance of Powers in China”). In 中国的政治发展:中美学者的视角 (China’s Political Development: From the View of American and Chinese Scholars), edited by 俞可评 and 李侃如 (Kenneth Lieberthal), 398–402. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press. In Chinese.

2013. “Pork Barrel Politics with Chinese Characteristics.” La Follette Policy Report, vol. 22, no. 1: 7–9.

2010. “How to Assess Village Elections in China.” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 18, no. 60 (2009): 379–383. Reprinted in Grassroots Elections in China, edited by Kevin O’Brien and Suisheng Zhao. Oxford: Routledge.

2008. “New Frontiers in Survey Research: An Introduction to Survey Research on Chinese Politics.” China Quarterly, no. 196: 755–758.

2002. “Anticorruption Reform at the ‘Dirty’ End of the Corruption Continuum.” APSA-CP (Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Comparative Politics Section), vol. 13, no. 1: 14–17.

1996. “La experiencia de Hong Kong contra la corrupción. Algunas lecciones importantes” (Important Lessons from Hong Kong’s Anticorruption Experience). Nueva Sociedad (Caracas), no. 145: 126–137. In Spanish.

1996. “The Replication Standard in Extreme Circumstances: Field Research in Comparative Politics.” APSA-CP (Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Comparative Politics Section), vol. 7, no. 1: 7, 10–11.

1984. Edited translations, with introduction. “Cadre Recruitment and Management in the People’s Republic of China.” Chinese Law and Government, vol. 17, no. 3: 3–128.

Presentations of Research

Harvard University, 2019, 2012; Peking University, 2019, 2017; Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 2018, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1994; Johns Hopkins University, 2018; Yale University, 2018, 2014, 2005; University of Pittsburgh 2018; University of Michigan, 2017, 2010, 2007, 1999; Southern Methodist University, 2017, 2012, 2010; Vanderbilt University, 2017; Fudan University, Shanghai, 2017, 2015; Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China, 2017; George Washington University, 2017, 2002, 2000; University of Pennsylvania, 2016; East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, 2016; City University of Hong Kong, 2016; New York University Shanghai, 2016; University of Hong Kong, 2016, 2015, 1994; Duke University, 2016, 2014, 1995; Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016, 2006, 2004, 1994; Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2015; Georgetown University, 2015, 2002, 1999, 1998; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2015, 1994; University of Pennsylvania, 2013; University of Washington, 2013; Keio University, Tokyo, 2012; Stanford University, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007; University of WisconsinMadison, 2012, 2006, 1999; University of California, Berkeley, 2010; Hunan University, 2010; Shanghai Administration Institute (Shanghai Communist Party School), 2009; University of Iowa, 2008; University of Toronto, 2007; Pennsylvania State University, 2007; Syracuse University, 2006; University of Mississippi, 2006; Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, 2006, 1996, 1993, 1988, 1993; Shanghai University, 2004; Academia Sinica, Taipei, 2004, 1998; Lawrence College, 2003; University of South Carolina, 2002; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999; University of California, San Diego, 1998; Princeton University, 1996; Stockholm University, 1996; Uppsala University, 1996; University of Oslo, 1996; Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 1996; Cornell University, 1994; University of California, Los Angeles, 1990; University of Rochester, 1988

Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor