I am an associate professor of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, Republic of China. My research interests are political economy, bureaucratic politics and political organization as well as institutional theory with a focus on the state-market nexus in China.
My past research has addressed the negotiated interactions between the Chinese state and its state-owned enterprises (SOEs) involved in the global expansion of Chinese SOEs. Given the blind expansion of inefficient SOEs, large-scale managerial corruption and significant economic losses associated with SOEs “going out” (zouchuqu), the primary question I ask is: How do the Chinese central state and central SOEs interact with one another as the global expansion of the latter progresses? Examining the offshore ventures of central SOEs in both the petroleum and construction sectors, I concluded that the global expansion of SOEs is by no means a coherent policy; rather, it is fraught with power struggle, with various bureaucratic agencies setting different goals for SOEs on the one hand and with SOE managers defending corporate interests without incurring political setbacks on the other. Over time, SOEs’ overseas expansion reflects more the firms’ corporate strategy than the state’s policy objectives.
Presently, I am continuing to look at China’s state sector and working on a Chinese book project on the development of state capitalism in China. I am especially interested in explaining the institutional changes in Chinese political economy by employing a neo-institutionalist framework. After completing this book project, I will embark on a research project examining capitalism in China from a comparative perspective, seeking to enrich the literature on the varieties of capitalism with the case of China.