Prof. Chen Xi Department of Government and Public Administration - CUHK


Prof. Chen Xi

Associate Professor

LLB (ECUPL), MPhil (Peking), MA, PHD (Columbia)

Xi Chen received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China (2012), and is currently completing another book, Disempowering Contention: Restructuring, Resistance, and State Domination in China. He has also published articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, the China Quarterly, and the Journal of Democracy.

Prof Chen Xi

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  Research and Teaching Interests:
  • Social Movements
  • Democratization
  • Political Economy of Post-Communist Transitions
  • State-Society Relations in the Context of Authoritarianism
  • Social Protest and Contentious Authoritarianism in China (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • "Elitism and Exclusion in Mass Protest: Privatization, Resistance, and State Domination in China” (forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies).
  • “Origins of Informal Coercion in China” (forthcoming at Politics and Society).
  • "Authoritarian Regimes and Social Movements,” in the Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, eds., by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly J. McCammon (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming) (co-authored with Dana Moss).
  • “Cooptation, Trust and Protest Leadership: Workers’ Mobilization during Industrial Restructuring in China,” in Urban mobilization and new media in contemporary China, eds., by Hanspeter Kriesi, Daniel Kübler and Lisheng Dong (Ashgate, 2015): 133-150.
  • "China at the Tipping Point: The Rising Cost of Stability," Journal of Democracy 24, no. 1 (2013): 57-64.
  • “From Resistance to Advocacy: Political Representation for Disabled People in China,” China Quarterly 207 (September 2011): 649-667 (co-authored with Ping Xu).
  • “State-generated Data and the Study of Contentious Politics in China,” in Chinese Politics: New Methods, Sources and Field strategies, eds., by Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Melanie Manion (Cambridge University Press, 2010): 15-32.
  • “The Power of Troublemaking: Protest Tactics and Their Efficacy in China”, Comparative Politics 41: 4 (July 2009): 451-471. 
  • “Institutional Conversion and Collective Petitioning in China”, in Popular Protest in China, ed., by Kevin O’Brien (Harvard University Press, 2008): 54-70.
  • “Between Resistance and Submissiveness: Protest Opportunism in China”, in Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China,eds., by Elizabeth Perry and Merle Goldman (Harvard University Press, 2007): 253-281.