Refereed Journal Articles

Engaging Huangniu (Brokers): Commodification of State-Society Bargaining in China“, Journal of Contemporary China, 28 (166), 2019.

  –Related “Outsourcing Coercion and Social Control“, Chinoiresie, October 26, 2018.

‘Thugs-for-Hire’: Subcontracting of State Coercion and State Capacity in China“, Perspectives on Politics, 16 (3), 2018.

–Covered by The New Yorker, “The Thugs of Mainland China”, October 8, 2014.

(with Donglin Han) “What Drives People to Protest in an Authoritarian Country? Resources and Rewards vs. Risks of Protests in Urban and Rural China“, Political Studies, 67 (1), 2019.

‘Land Grabs’ in an Autocracy and a Multi-Party Democracy: China and India Compared“, Journal of Contemporary Asia, forthcoming.

–Related “The Political Economy of Land Grabs in China and India“, East Asia Forum, November 21, 2015; “Buy Low and Sell High: The Political Economy of ‘Land Grabs’ in China and India“, Policy Forum, August 31, 2015.

Thugs and Outsourcing of State Repression in China“, China Journal, July 2018.

–Related “Outsourcing Coercion and Social Control“, Chinoiresie, October 26, 2018.

(with Guangwen He) “Chinese Rural Cooperative Finance in the Era of Post-Commercialized Rural Credit Cooperatives”, Special Issue: Cooperatives in China, The Chinese Economy, 47 (3), July 2014.

State-led Urbanization in China: Land Revenue and ‘Concentrated Villagers’,” 47 (3), China Quarterly, 2014.

–Covered by The Economist, “Local Government: Emerging from the Shadows“, April 19, 2014; and The New York Times, “New China Cities: Shoddy Homes, Broken Hope“, November 9, 2013.

The Apparent “Paradox” in China’s Climate Policies,Asian Survey, 52(6), 2012.

–Covered by Chicago Policy Review, “China: Progress Without Partnership“, July 23, 2013.

Between Developmental and Clientelist States Local State-Business Relationships in China,” Comparative Politics, 44 (2), 2012.

Fiscal Federalism and Soft Budget Constraint: The Case of China,” International Political Science Review, 33 (4), 2012.

Communist Party and Financial Institutions: Institutional Design of China’s Post-Reform Rural Credit Cooperatives,” Pacific Affairs, 82 (1), 2009., 82(2), 2009.

The Political Economy of Township Government Debt, Township Enterprises, and Rural Financial Institutions in China,” China Quarterly, 186, 2006.

Multiple Principals and Collective Action: China’s Rural Credit Cooperatives and Poor Households’ Access to Credit,” Journal of East Asian Studies, 6(2), 2006.