Dr. Wai-Hang YEE 余偉鏗

Assistant Professor: Wai-Hang YEE, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong. He is now serving as the Deputy Director of its Master of Public Administration program. His research investigates the design and dynamic of reforms from an institutional perspective. Upon graduation from the University of Southern California in 2012, he joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as an assistant professor (2012–2015), where he also served as Research Fellow at the Asian Competitiveness Institute (2013-2015), Convener for the specialization in public management and leadership, Master of Public Policy (2014-2015), and won the Research Excellence Award (2014). He has published on environmental and food safety regulatory reform, public management reform, decentralization reform, as well as neighborhood governance reform. Henry YEE received his Bachelor and Master degrees from The University of Hong Kong.

Selected Publications

  • Yee, Wai-Hang, and Sandra van Thiel. Forthcoming. Global Reform Meets Local Context: Cultural Compatibility and Practice Adoption in Public Sector Reform. International Journal of Public Sector Management.
  • Yee, Wai-Hang, and Peng Liu. 2020. Control, Coordination, and Capacity: Deficits in China's Frontline Regulatory System for Food Safety. Journal of Contemporary China, 29 (124): 503-518.
  • Yee, Wai-Hang, Weijie Wang, and Terry L Cooper. 2018. Governing the Neighborhood with Confucian Ideas. Chinese Public Administration Review 9(2): 113-127, The article was awarded the Marc Holzer Best Article Award (Runner-up) in the 2019 American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference Section on Chinese Public Administration.
  • Yee, Wai-Hang, and Hui Li. 2018. Unpacking the "Political-Institutional Complex ": The Role of Physical and Institutional Infrastructures in Indonesia's Decentralization Reform. Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development 2(1): 174-192,
  • Muiris MacCarthaigh, Martin Painter, and  Wai-Hang Yee. 2016. Managing for Legitimacy: Agency Governance in its “Deep” Constitutional Context. Public Administration Review 76(3): 496-506,
  • Yee, Wai-Hang, Shui-Yan Tang, and Carlos Wing-Hung Lo. 2016. Regulatory Compliance when the Rule of Law is Weak: Evidence from China’s Environmental Reform. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26(1): 95-112,
  • Yee, Wai-Hang, Carlos Wing-Hung Lo, and Shui-Yan Tang. 2013. Assessing Ecological Modernization in China: Stakeholder Demands and Corporate Environmental Management Practices in Guangdong Province. China Quarterly 213: 101-129,
  • Martin Painter, and Wai-Hang Yee. 2012. Agencies and Policy in an Administrative State: The Case of Hong Kong. Policy and Society 31(3): 223-235,
  • Martin Painter, and Wai-Hang Yee. 2011. Task Matters: A Structural-Instrumental Analysis of the Autonomy of Hong Kong Government Bodies. American Review of Public Administration 41(4): 395-410,