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Steve Tsang

Head of School and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Prior to assuming office as Head of School in May 2014, Steve Tsang (Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies) served as Director of the China Policy Institute (2011-14). He came to the University of Nottingham from a Professorial Fellowship at St Antony's College, Oxford University. Professor Tsang was educated at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford (St Antony's College). Apart from holding visiting appointments at the Hoover Institution (University of Stanford), the University of Melbourne, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Academia Sinica (Institute of Modern History), and the University of Hong Kong during leaves, he had hitherto always taught at the University of Oxford. At St Antony's College he had served as Dean, Director of its Asian Studies Centre, Director of its Taiwan Studies Programme, and Director of its Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Intelligence and Global Terrorism. Upon his departure from Oxford he was elected an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College.

Whist Director of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham he worked closely with colleagues and students to make the CPI the leading think tank and research centre on greater China in the EU, and the principal instrument for the School to deliver impact based on research conducted by its academic staff. As Head of School he focuses on leading the School to establish itself as the global leader in using social sciences methods to research and teach a wide range of subjects on contemporary China.

He has a broad area of research interest and has introduced an analytical concept called 'consultative Leninism' for understanding the nature of politics in the People's Republic of China. He is currently engaged in a research project on the direction of development in China under Xi Jinping with colleagues based at the Central Party School of Beijing. He is the author of five books and the editor or co-editor of eleven others. His academic papers have appeared in many edited volumes and cutting edge international journals including the China Quarterly, the China Journal, the Journal of Contemporary China, Asian Survey, Security Dialogue, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Journal of International Affairs, and the Pacific Review.

Professor Tsang regularly contributes to public debates on different aspects of issues related to the politics, history, foreign policy, security and development of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and East Asia more generally. His op-ed comments have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the world, including The International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Foreign Policy Magazine, New Statesman, The World Today, South China Morning Post, China Daily, Taipei Times, The Strait Times, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The National, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Korea Times, and The Japan Times. He is a frequent commentator on British and European television and radio, particularly for the BBC (including Newsnight, BBC News, Ten O'Clock News, The Talk Show, Today, PM, Newshour, What If, various World Service programmes in English, World Service in Mandarin, and World Service in Cantonese). He is also widely quoted by the printed media. Outside of academia Professor Tsang has provided expert opinions to parliamentary committees in the UK, the EU and the USA, advised senior government officials, and joined Shell for its scenario planning. His non-academic work also includes serving as a region head for Oxford Analytica (1998-2011) and on the Advisory Board of Jardine Lloyd Thompson World Risk Review.

Expertise Summary

Nature of the political system and issues of governance in the People's China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; the foreign and security policies of China and Taiwan; the rise of China; US-China relations; UK-China relations; EU-China relations; peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait; peace and security in East Asia; democratic politics in Taiwan; the reintegration of Hong Kong into China; and the political and diplomatic history of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong from the 19th century.

Research Summary

  • The rise of China
  • The vitality of Taiwan
  • US commitment to the security of Taiwan
  • The Xian Incident (1936) and the start of the Sino-Japanese War
  • A biography of Chiang Kai-shek

Recent Publications

Future Research

Prof. Tsang is interested in supervising PhD students or Master by Research (MRes) students in the following areas:

China's relations with the rest of the world; Chinese foreign policy; defence/security of China; political development and changes; nature of political system in China; China-Taiwan relations; Taiwan's relations with the rest of the world; politics in Taiwan; democratization in Taiwan; Taiwan's security; politics of Hong Kong; Hong Kong's relations with China and the rest of the world; history of Hong Kong.

  • HSIN-HUANG MICHAEL HSIAO, 2014. China after Deng Xiaoping: the search for a non-democratic development model. In: Democracy or Alternative Political Systems in Asia: After the Strongman Routledge. 78-96
  • TSANG, S., 2012. The US military and American commitment to Taiwan’s security Asian Survey. 52(4), 777–797
  • TSANG, S., ed., 2012. The vitality of Taiwan: politics, economics, society and culture Palgrave Macmillan.
  • STEVE TSANG, 2012. Ma Ying-jeou's Re-election: Implications for Taiwan and East Asia The Pacific Review. 25(3), 387-401
  • TSANG, S, 2009. Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm (ed.) Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International.
  • TSANG, S., 2009. Frameworks for Combating Terrorism. In: TSANG, S., ed., Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm (ed.) Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International.
  • TSANG, S., 2009. Consultative leninism: China's new political framework Journal of Contemporary China. 18(62), 865-880
  • TSANG, S., 2009. China’s Global Awakening. In: The World Book Year Book 2009 Chicago: World Book Inc.
  • TSANG, S., 2008. Taiwan as a Member of the International Community. In: TSANG, S., ed., Taiwan and the International Community Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang. 1-21
  • TSANG, S., 2008. China’s place in East Asia. In: DENT, C.M., ed., China, Japan and regional leadership in East Asia Edward Elgar.
  • TSANG, S., 2008. The Long-term Prospect for Taiwan’s Foreign Relations. In: TSANG, S., ed., Taiwan and the International Community Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang. 213-31
  • TSANG, S., 2008. Taiwan’s changing security environment. In: GOLDSTEIN, S.M. and CHANG, J., eds., Presidential politics in Taiwan: the administration of Chen Shui-bian EastBridge.
  • TSANG, S., 2008. China´s Grand Strategy and its Rise. In: HULDT, B., KERTTUNEN, M., WALLANDER, B., IKEGAMI, M and HULDT, S, eds., Strategic Yearbook 2007: China Rising: Reactions, Assessments, and Strategic Consequences Stockholm: Swedish Defence College and Finnish National Defence University.
  • TSANG, S., ed., 2008. Taiwan and the International Community Peter Lang.
  • TSANG, S., 2007. Democratization in a Chinese community: Lessons from Taiwan. In: ASH, R. and GREENE, M., eds., Taiwan in the 21st Century: Aspects and limitations of a developmental model London & New York: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2007. Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism (ed.) Reissued as a paperb. Westport & London: Praeger. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2007. Stopping global terrorism and protecting rights. In: TSANG, S., ed., Steve Tsang (ed.) Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism Newport: Praeger. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2007. Governing Hong Kong: Administrative Officers from the 19th Century to the Hand-over to China, 1862-1997 I. B. Tauris.
  • TSANG, S., 2007. Looking East: The Rise of China. In: HELD, D and MEPHAM, D, eds., Progressive Foreign Policy – New Directions for the UK London & Malden, MA: Polity Press. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2006. The Cold War’s Odd Couple: The Unintended Partnership between the Republic of China and the United Kingdom, 1950-1958 London: I.B. Tauris. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S. and BENTON, G., 2006. Opportunism, Betrayal, and Manipulation in Mao’s Rise to Power: Enquiring into the Chang-Halliday Secret Story of How China Went Red The China Journal. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2006. Drivers behind the use of force. In: TSANG, S., ed., If China Attacks Taiwan: Military strategy, politics and economics London & New York: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2006. If China Attacks Taiwan: Military strategy, politics and economics (ed.) London & New York: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2005. Geo-politics: China’s place. In: BURGH. H., ed., China and Britain: the potential impact of China’s development London: The Smith Institute. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2005. Putting Chinese Unity and the Relations between Taiwan and Mainland China into a Historical Context. In: SCHUCHER, G. and SCHÜLLER, M., eds., Perspectives on Cross-Strait Relations: Views from Europe Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2004. Peace Proposal Two: The Chinese Union Model. In: TSANG, S., ed., Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2004. Alexander Grantham. In: LAWRENCE GOLDMAN, BRIAN HARRISON, COLIN MATHEWS, ed., The New Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press.
  • TSANG, S, ed., 2004. Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • TSANG, S., 2004. Mark Young. In: LAWRENCE GOLDMAN, BRIAN HARRISON, COLIN MATHEWS, ed., The New Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press.
  • TANG, S., 2004. A Modern History of Hong Kong London: I.B. Tauris. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2004. War or Peace across the Taiwan Strait. In: TSANG, S., ed., Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2003. Changes in Continuity: Government and Politics in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In: BENJAMIN K.P. LEUNG, ed., The International Library of Social Change in Asia Pacific: Hong Kong Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • TSANG, S., 2003. The Rise of a Hong Kong Identity. In: TACIANA FISAC and LEILA FERNANDEZ-STEMBRIDGE, eds., China Today: Economic Reforms, Social Cohesion and National Identities London & NY: RoutledgeCurzon. (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2002. A Sustainable Basis for Peace between China and Taiwan American Asian Review. 20, (In Press.)
  • TSANG, S., 2002. La dinámica de la reforma económica y los cambios políticos en China. In: PABLO BUSTELO and FERNANDO DELAGE, eds., El nuevo orden internacional en Asia-Pacífico Madrid: Pirámide.
  • TSANG, S., 2001. Chiang Ching-kuo, the Nature of the Kuomintang and the Democratic Breakthrough in Taiwan. In: TAIWAN STUDIES PROMOTION COMMITTEE OF ACADEMIA SINICA, ed., Change of an Authoritarian Regime: Taiwan in the Post-Martial Law Era. Taipei: The Institute of Taiwan History (Preparatory Office), Academia Sinica.
  • TSANG, S, ed., 2001. Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • TSANG, S., 2001. Commitment to the rule of law and judicial independence. In: TSANG, S., ed., Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • TSANG, S and FISAC, T, eds., 2000. China en transicion: Sociedad, cultura, politica y economia Barcelona: Edicion Bellaterra.
  • TSANG, S., 2000. China and Taiwan: A proposal for Peace Security Dialogue. 31(3),
  • TSANG, S., 2000. Taiwan y Hong Kong. In: TACIANA FISAC and STEVE TSANG, eds., China en transicion: Sociedad, cultura, politica y economia Barcelona: Edicion Bellaterra.
  • TSANG, S., 2000. Political Developments in Hong Kong since 1997 and their Implications for Mainland China and Taiwan American Asian Review. 18(1),
  • TSANG, S., 2000. China: Mitos y realidades. In: TACIANA FISAC and STEVE TSANG, eds., China en transicion: Sociedad, cultura, politica y economia Barcelona: Edicion Bellaterra.
  • TSANG, S., 1999. Japan’s Role in the Asia Pacific: The Views from Greater China Security Dialogue. 30(4),
  • TSANG, S., 1999. Transforming a Party State into a Democracy. In: STEVE TSANG and HUNG-MAO TIEN, eds., Democratization in Taiwan: Implications for China Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • TSANG, S. and TIEN H.M., eds., 1999. Democratization in Taiwan: Implications for China Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • TSANG, S., 1998. La Democratizacion en las sociedades confucionistas Sistema. 143,
  • TSANG, S., 1998. Calculated Ambiguity: The ROC in International Politics today. In: MARIE-LUISE NATH, ed., The Republic of China on Taiwan in International Politics Sonderdruck: Peter Lang.
  • TSANG, S., 1997. Hong Kong: An Appointment with China London: I B Tauris.
  • TSANG, S., 1997. Government and Politics in Hong Kong: A Colonial Paradox. In: ROSEMARY FOOT and JUDITH BROWN, eds., Hong Kong's Transition, 1842-1997 Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • TSANG, S., 1997. Realignment of Power: The Politics of Transition and Reform in Hong Kong. In: P.K. LI, ed., Political Order and Power Transition in Hong Kong Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
  • TSANG, S., 1997. Changes in Continuity: Government and Politics in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region American Asian Review. 15(4),
  • TSANG, S., 1997. Democratisation and the Confucian Tradition. In: YOSSI SHAIN and AHARON KILEMAN, eds., Enduring and Prospective Challenges to Democracy Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • TSANG, S., 1996. Maximum Flexibility, Rigid Framework: China's Policy towards Hong Kong and its implications Journal of International Affairs.
  • TSANG, S., ed., 1995. Government and Politics: A Documentary History of Hong Kong I Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • TSANG, S., 1995. La Unificacion de China Revista de Occidente. 172,
  • TSANG, S., 1995. Revitalising the Revolution: Chiang Kai shek's Approach to Political Reform in the 1950s. In: Proceedings of Centennial Symposium on Sun Yat sen's Founding of the Kuomintang for Revolution 4. Taipei: Modern China publishers.
  • TSANG, S., 1994. Political Problems Facing the Hong Kong Civil Service in Transition Hong Kong Public Administration. 3(1),
  • TSANG, S., 1994. Target Zhou Enlai: The ‘Kashmir Princess’ Incident of 1955 The China Quarterly. 139,
  • TSANG, S., 1994. Unwitting Partners: Relations between Britain and Taiwan (1950-58) East Asian History. 7,
  • TSANG, S., 1993. Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang's Policy to Reconquer the Chinese Mainland, 1949-1958. In: TSANG, S., ed., In the Shadow of China: Political Developments in Taiwan since 1949 London: C Hurst and Company.
  • TSANG, S., ed., 1993. In the Shadow of China: Political Developments in Taiwan since 1949 London: C Hurst and Company.
  • TSANG, S., 1989. China and Political Reform in Hong Kong The Pacific Review. 2(1),
  • TSANG, S., 1988. Democracy Shelved: Great Britain, China and Attempts at Constitutional Reform in Hong Kong 1945-1952 Oxford University Press.

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