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Zhengxu Wang

Associate Professor and Senior Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr. Zhengxu Wang is Associate Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Politics, and at the same time serves as a Senior Fellow of the School's China Policy Institute.

His research focuses on Chinese political reform and democratic changes. His book on changing social values and democratisation in China and East Asia was published in 2008 by Cambria Press in New York. His research articles are also published in major academic journals including the Journal of Contemporary China, Japanese Journal of Political Science, East Asia Policy, Issues and Studies, and International Review of Sociology, amongst others.

Dr. Wang has completed a 1.43 million-euro research project examining Chinese perceptions of the EU, and a Marie Curie Fellowship project examining local democratisation in China. He is recently directing two Marie Curie Fellowship projects on middle class protests in China and Chinese percpetion of democracy. He has an on-going research focus on democratic attitudes of Chinese citizens using large-N survey data. He works closely with cross-national survey research projects such as the Asian Barometer and World Values Survey. He also continuously watches the changing political and ideological debates regarding political reform, state building, and democracy.

Apart from research, he enjoys marathon and triathlon races and competes frequently in badminton and volleyball tournaments.

Expertise Summary

Chinese politics; elite politics in China, Social movements; Political Transition; Chinese citizens and civil society; China's international relations.

Teaching Summary

Politics in China and East Asia

Comparative Politics

Comparative Democratization

Research Design and Research Methods in Social Sciences

Selected Publications

  • WANG, ZHENGXU, 2015. Europe in China's Incremental Intercontinentalism Asian Politics & Policy. 7(1), 131-144
  • WANG, ZHENGXU, 2015. Socioeconomic Changes and Modern Values in China: 1993-2011 Asian Journal of Public Opinion Research. 2(3), 140-171
  • MA, DEYONG and WANG, ZHENGXU, 2014. Governance Innovations and Citizens’ Trust in Local Government: Electoral Impacts in China’s Townships Japanese Journal of Political Science. 15(3),
  • WANG, ZHENGXU and MA, DEYONG, 2014. Participation and Competition: Innovations in cadre election and selection in China’s townships Journal of Contemporary China. 1-17
  • WANG, Z., SUN, L., XU, L. and PAVLIĆEVIĆ, D., 2013. Leadership in China’s urban middle-class protest: the movement to protect homeowners' rights in Beijing China Quarterly. 214, 411-431
  • YANG, Z., ZWEIG, D. and WANG, Z., 2012. Is China rising at America’s expenses? anti-Americanism and pro-China sentiments in global public opinion. In: LAI, H. and LU, Y., eds., China’s rise and international relations Routledge.
  • WANG, Z. and DAI, W., 2012. Women's participation in Rural China's self-governance: institutional, socioeconomic, and cultural factors in a Jiangsu county Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions. 26(1), 91-118
  • LISHENG DONG, ZHENGXU WANG and HENK DEKKER, eds., 2012. Chinese Views of the EU: Public Support for a Strong Relation Routledge. (In Press.)
  • WANG, Z., 2010. Citizens’ satisfaction with government performance in six Asia-Pacific giants Japanese Journal of Political Science. 11(1), 51-75
  • LEE, HAK YIN, AND ZHENGXU WANG, 2009. China’s Advancements in Central Asia East Asian Policy. 1(4), 15-13
  • MA, DEYONG, & WANG, ZHENGXU, 2009. Democratic Institutions as a Pre-requisite: How Social Capital Can Enhance Governance Kaifang Shidai [Open Times],.
  • WANG, ZHENGXU AND YING YANG, 2009. China in the Eyes of Southeast Asia: A Poll Analysis Contemporary International Relations. 53-62
  • WANG, Z., 2008. Democratization in Confucian East Asia: citizen politics in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam Cambria Press.
  • WANG, ZHENGXU, 2008. Sources of Support for Democracy among Chinese Citizens: Modernization and Indoctrination. In: WANG, ZHENGXU, & DUERKOP, COLIN, ed., East Asian Democracy and Political Changes in China Singapore: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. 225-251
  • ZHENGXU WANG & COLIN DUERKOP, 2008. Political Changes in China and East Asia: Linkages and Departures. In: ZHENGXU WANG & COLIN DUERKOP, ed., East Asian Democracy and Political Changes in China Singapore: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. 1-14
  • WANG, ZHENGXU, & DUREKOP, COLIN, ed., 2008. East Asian Democracy and Political Changes in China Singapore: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
  • WANG, Z., 2007. Public support for democracy in China Journal of Contemporary China. 16(53), 561-579
  • WANG, Z., 2007. Postmodern values in seven Confucian societies: political consequences of changing world views Japanese Journal of Political Science. 8(3), 341-359
  • ZHENGXU WANG, 2007. Political Reform First, Democracy Later?. In: GUNGWU WANG & JOHN WONG, ed., Interpreting China’s Development Singapore: World Scientific Press. 30-37
  • ZHENGXU WANG & LIANG FOOK LYE, 2007. Responding to Challenges and Problems of Governance. In: GUNGWU WANG & JOHN WONG, ed., Interpreting China’s Development Singapore: World Scientific Press. 3-10
  • ZHENGXU WANG & TIN SENG LIM, 2007. China’s Growing Influence in Africa. In: GUNGWU WANG & JOHN WONG, ed., Interpreting China’s Development Singapore: World Scientific Press. 256-260
  • WANG, Z., 2006. Hu Jintao's power consolidation: groups, institutions, and power balance in China's elite politics Issues and Studies. 42(4), 97-136
  • ZHENGXU WANG & ERN SER TAN, 2006. Self-Expression, ‘Asian Values’, and Democracy: East Asia in Global Perspective. In: RUSSELL DALTON & DOH SHIN, ed., Market, Citizens, and Democracy around the Pacific Rim: Congruence Theory and Political Culture Oxford University Press. 50-72
  • ZHENGXU WANG, 2006. Hybrid Regime and China’s Peaceful Emergence. In: SIJIAN GUO, ed., China’s “Peaceful Rise” in the 21st Century Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.
  • ZHENGXU WANG, 2006. Explaining Regime Strength in China China: An International Journal. 4(2), 217-237
  • ZHENGXU WANG, RUSSELL DALTON, & DOH SHIN, 2006. Political Trust, Political Performance and Support for Democracy. In: RUSSELL DALTON & DOH SHIN, ed., Citizens, Democracy, and Markets around the Pacific Rim: Congruence Theory and Political Culture Oxford: Oxford University Press. 135-156
  • WANG, Z., 2005. Before the emergence of critical citizens: economic development and political trust in China International Review of Sociology. 15(1), 155-171
  • ZHENGXU WANG, 2005. Political Trust in China: Forms and Causes. In: LYNN WHITE, ed., Legitimacy: Ambiguities of Political Success or Failure in East and Southeast Asia Singapore: World Scientific Press. 113-140
  • ZHENGXU WANG and BOGDAN POPESCU, Knowledge breeds affects: How does the understanding EU’s Internal Complexities increase EU’s image among Chinese people?. In: LISHENG DONG, ZHENGXU WANG and HENK DEKKER, eds., Chinese Views of the EU: Public Support for a Strong Relation Routledge. (In Press.)

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