Regulation and Governance

Dali L. Yang, “China’s Illiberal Regulatory State in Comparative Perspective” Chinese Political Science Review, 2(1), 114-133. DOI: 10.1007/s41111-017-0059-x

Public Health

Dali L. Yang, “The Shanghai Lockdown and the Politics of Zero-Covid in China,” Party Watch Annual Report 2022, available at 

Dali L. Yang, “China’s Zero-Covid Campaign and the Body Politic,” Current History, 121 (836) (September 2022), 203-210.

Dali L. Yang,  The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Estrangement of US-China Relations, Asian Perspective, Vol. 45, no. 1, published online October 17, 2020.

Dali L. Yang, “Wuhan Officials tried to cover up covid-19–and sent it careening outward,” Washington Post, March 10, 2020,

Dali L. Yang, “China’s early warning system didn’t work on COVID-19. Here’s the story,” Washington Post, February 24, 2020.

Analysis from Beijing during SARS in Spring 2003: Dali Yang, “Will China’s Leaders Rise to the SARS Challenge South China Morning Post, April 19, 2003, p. A11.


Dali L. Yang, The Politics of Blood Safety Regulation in China: The Blood Plasma Economy and the Making of China’s Blood Safety Regulatory Regime, New Working Paper Series No. 30, Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, December 2018.

Dali Yang, “Regulatory Learning and Its Discontents in China: Promise and Tragedy at the State Food and Drug Administration,” in John Gillespie and Randall Peerenboom, eds., “Regulation in Asia: Pushing Back on Globalization“, Routledge, 2009, pp. 115-134 and 284-288.

Dali Yang and Alan Leung, “The Politics of Sports Anti-Doping in China,” China: An International Journal, 6, no. 1 (March 2008), pp. 121-148.”

Waikeung Tam and Dali Yang, ”Food Safety and the Development of Regulatory Institutions in China,” Asian Perspective, vol. 29, no. 4 (2005), 5-36.

Dali L. Yang, “Illegal Drugs Policy Change and State Power: The Case of Contemporary China,” Journal of Contemporary China, 2:4(1993), 14-34.

Politics of Environmental Governance

Xiaodu Huang and Dali Yang, “NIMBYism, Waste Incineration, and Environmental Governance in China,” China Information, forthcoming. Pre-pub proofs: CIN-19-0030.R5_Proof_hi

黄冬娅 杨大利, “市场转型中国有企业与环境监管中⽴性—以大型国有⽯油⽯化企业为例,”社会发展研究, No.3 (2018): 47-68. Pdf version: 黄冬娅 杨大利 市场转型中国有企业与环境监管中立性 2018

黄冬娅, 杨大力, “考核式监管的运作及其困境:基于主要污染物总量减排考核的分析.” [Regulation by Top-down Assessment and Its Dilemma: An Analysis of the Assessment System for Reducing the Aggregate Amount of Discharges of Key Pollutants], 政治学研究 [Political Science Research], no. 4 (2016), pp. 101-112. Chinese 中文版pdf 

董晓松,杨大力,“中国的环境污染排放会遵循环境库兹涅茨曲线吗?” 城市与环境研究,2016(第2期), 31-45. PDF期刊社清样2016

包群, 邵敏, 杨大利,“环境管制抑制了污染排放吗?”《经济研究》, 2013年12月, 42-54. Bao Qun, Shao Min, Dali Yang,“Has environmental regulation been effective in controlling pollution emisssions?)  Economic Research, December 2013, pp. 42-54. Pdf in Chinese 环境管制抑制了污染排放吗

Political Economy

Fan Fan, Ming Li, Ran Tao, and Dali Yang, “Transfer-based decentralization, economic growth and spatial inequality: Evidence from China’s 2002-2003 tax sharing reform,” Urban Studies, in press.

Dali L. Yang, “China’s Developmental Authoritarianism: Dynamics and Pitfalls,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 12:1(2016), 100-123. UNCORRECTED Proofs.

Dali L. Yang, Huayu Xu & Ran Tao, “A Tragedy of the Nomenklatura? Career incentives, political loyalty and political radicalism during China’s Great Leap Forward,” Journal of Contemporary China, published on line March 21, 2014, DOI:10.1080/13603116.2014.882560.

Fubing Su, Ran Tao, and Dali L. Yang,  “Rethinking the Institutional Foundations of China’s Hyper Growth,” in The Oxford Handbook on the Politics of Development, eds., Carol Lancaster  and Nicholas van de Walle. Online Publication Date: Jan 2017 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199845156.013.8  Access at

Dali Yang, “Economic Transformation and Its Political Discontents in China,” Annual Review of Political Science, no. 9 (2006), pp. 143-164.

Ran Tao and Dali Yang, “The Revenue Imperative and the Role of Local Government in China’s Transition and Growth,” Paper presented at the Coase Conference on China’s Economic Transformation, July 2008, Chicago.

Dali Yang, “Economic Transformation and State Rebuilding in China.” In Barry Naughton and Dali L. Yang, eds., Holding China Together, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Dali Yang, “Can the Chinese State Meet Its WTO Obligations?,” American Asian Review, Vol. 20 Issue 2 (summer 2002), pp. 191-221.

Dali L. Yang, “The Great Net of China,”Harvard International Review, Vol. 22, no. 4 (2001), pp. 64-69.

Dali Yang and Fubing Su. “Taming the Market: China and the Forces of Globalization,” in Aseem Prakash and Jeffrey Hart, eds., Responding to Globalization, London and New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 33-64.

Fubing Su and Dali Yang,  “Political Institutions, Provincial Interests, and Resource Allocation in Reformist China,” Journal of Contemporary China vol. 9, issue 24 (Jul 2000), pp. 215-230.

Dali Yang, “Survival of the Fittest,” World Link [the journal of the World Economic Forum] (March/April 1998): 50-53.

Dali Yang, “Patterns of China’s Regional Development Strategy,” The China Quarterly, No. 122 (Jun., 1990), pp. 230-257.

Political Trust and Distrust

Lingnan He and Dali L. Yang, “The Enigma of Political Trust in China,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 15, no. 2 (December 2019): 87-104. Also available at:

Junyan Jiang and Dali L. Yang, “Lying or Believing? Measuring Preference Falsification from a Political Purge in China,” Comparative Political Studies, 2016; 49:600-634.DOI: 10.1177/0010414015626450  ABSTRACT

Xiaolong Wu, Dali L. Yang & Lijun Chen, “The Politics of Quality-of Life Issues: Food Safety and Political Trust in China,” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 26, No. 106 (2017): 601-615. DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2017.1274827 available at

Ernan Cui, Ran Tao, Travis J. Warner, and Dali L. Yang, “How Do Land Takings Affect Political Trust in Rural China?Political Studies, 2014. doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12151.

Ran Tao, Dali Yang, Ming Li and Xi Lu, “How Does Political Trust Affect Social Trust? An Analysis of Survey Data from Rural China Using an Instrumental Variables Approach,” International Political Science Review, vol. 35 no. 2 (March 2014), 237-253; first published on July 12, 2013 as doi:10.1177/0192512113492599.

State and Society

Dali Yang, “The Making of the Modern [Chinese] State and [China’s] Quest for Modernity,” in Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier, eds., Sage Handbook of Contemporary China, Sage Publications, 2018, pp. 3-30.  Yang, the making of the modern Chinese state and the quest for modernity uncorrected proofs

Linke Hou, Mingxing Liu, Dali Yang, and Ji Xue, “Of Time, Leadership and Governance: Elite Incentives and Stability Maintenance in China,” Governance, 31:2(2018): 239-257. Abstract at

Dali L. Yang, “China’s Troubled Quest for Order: Leadership, Organization and the Contradictions of the Stability Maintenance Regime,” Journal of Contemporary China, 26, no. 103 (January 2017), 35-53. Online

Xin Sun, Travis J. Warner, Dali L. Yang and Mingxing Liu, “Patterns of Authority and Governance in Rural China : Who’s In Charge? And Why?Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 22, No 83, September 2013, 1-22.

Travis J. Warner and Dali L. Yang, “Democratization, Marketization, and the Reconstitution of Power in Rural China,” 学术前沿 (Academic Frontiers), no. 10, Part II (2012), pp. 42-60.

Dali Yang, “Chinas Olympic Rollercoaster,” Current History, September 2008, pp. 243-249.

Dali Yang, “China’s Long March to Freedom,” Journal of Democracy, Volume 18, Number 3 (July 2007), pp. 58-64.

Dali Yang, “State Capacity on the Rebound,” Journal of Democracy, 14, no. 1 (January 2003), 43-50.

Fuing Su and Dali Yang, “Elections, Governance and Accountability in Rural China,” Asian Perspective, 29:4(2005): 125-157.

Yanzhong Huang and Dali Yang, “Bureaucratic Capacity and State-Society Relations in China,” Journal of Chinese Political Science; Vol. 7 Issue 1/2 (March 2002), pp. 19-46.

Dali Yang, “Political Liberalization and Its Discontents: China in 2001,”Asian Survey 42, no. 1 (January/February 2002): 14-28.

Dali Yang, “Leadership Transition and the Political Economy of Governance: China in 2002,” Asian Survey 43, no. 1 (January/February 2003): 25-40.

Demography and Politics

Yanzhong Huang and Dali Yang, “Population Control and State Coercion in China,” in Barry Naughton and Dali L. Yang, eds., Holding China Together, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 193-225.

Lijun Chen, Dali L. Yang, and Qiang Ren, The State of Children in China. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2015.

陈立钧、 杨大力、任强,中国儿童现状调查. 北京:社会科学文献出版社,2016.

Lijun Chen and Dali Yang,  “Old Age Care Concerns and State-Society Relations in China: Public Anxiety and State Paternalism,” Journal of Asian Public Policy, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2012): 136-154.

Dali Yang, “China’s Looming Labor Shortage,” Far Eastern Economic Review, Jan/Feb 2005; pp. 18-24.

Yanzhong Huang and Dali Yang, “China’s Unbalanced Sex Ratios: Politics and Policy Response,” Chinese Historical Review, vol. 13, no. 1 (spring 2006), pp. 1-15.


Lijun Chen, Dali L. Yang, Di Zhou, and Qiang Ren, Child and Youth Well-being in China,Routledge, 2019.

Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics of Governance in China. Stanford University Press, 2004.

Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change Since the Great Leap Famine. Stanford University Press, 1996.

Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China. Routledge, 1997.

As editor:

The Global Recession and China’s Political Economy Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Holding China Together: Diversity and National Integration in Post-Deng China, edited with Barry Naughton. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Discontented Miracle. World Scientific, 2007.

China’s Reforms at 30: Challenges and Prospectsedited with Zhao Litao. World Scientific, 2008.

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