Professor LI Lianjiang 李連江

Lianjiang Li obtained a BA in philosophy from Nankai University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University in 1996. His research interests include Chinese politics, contentious politics, political trust, regime support, and research methods. He is the author of Political Trust in China (University of Michigan Press, 2024) and Rightful Resistance in Rural China (with Kevin O’Brien) (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His research articles appear in Asian Survey, China Information, China: An International Journal, China Journal, China Quarterly, China Review, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Modern China, Political Behavior, Political Science, and Political Studies.
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Books in English

Political Trust in China (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, in press)

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, Rightful Resistance in Rural China (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006) 

Books in Chinese




《戏说统计:文科生的量化方法》(北京:中国政法大学出版社, 2017)

《不发表就出局》(第一版,北京:中国政法大学出版社, 2016;第二版,上海:上海交通大学出版社,2024)

《新保守主義》(台北:扬智文化事業股份有限公司, 1994)

Journal Articles in English

Yue Guan, Lei Guang, Lianjiang Li, and Yanchuan Liu. “The Rally Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the White Paper Movement in China,” Journal of Contemporary China.  

“Popular Support for the Communist Party of China,” China: An International Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2 (May 2023), pp. 51-71.  

“Dimensionality, Contextuality, and Conceptual Equivalence: The Case of Critical Citizens,” Political Science, Vol. 74, No. 1 (May 2022), pp. 34–52.

“Decoding Political Trust in China: A Machine Learning Analysis,” China Quarterly, Vol. 249 (March 2022), pp. 1-20.

“Distrust in Government and Preference for Regime Change in China,” Political Studies, Vol. 69, No. 2 (May 2021), pp. 326–343.

Kevin J. O’Brien, Lianjiang Li, Mingxing Liu, “Bureaucrat-Assisted Contention in China,” Mobilization: An International Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. SI (October 2020), pp. 661–674.

“The Cadre Resignation Tide in the Wake of the 18th Party Congress,” ChinaAn International Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3 (August 2019), pp. 188-199.

Shupeng Lyu and Lianjiang Li, “The Dual Effect of Economic Development on Trust in the Central Government: Evidence from Two Waves of a National Survey in China,” China Review, Vol. 18, No. 2(May 2018), pp. 65-85.

 “Reassessing Trust in the Central Government: Evidence from Five National Surveys.” China Quarterly, Vol. 225 (March 2016), pp. 100-121. 

“The Magnitude and Resilience of Trust in the Center: Evidence from Interviews with Petitioners in Beijing and a Local Survey in Rural China,” Modern China, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2013), pp. 3-36.

Lianjiang Li, Mingxing Liu, and Kevin J. O’Brien, “Petitioning Beijing: The High Tide of 2003-2006,” China Quarterly, Vol. 210 (June 2012), pp. 313-334.

“Distrust in Government Leaders, Demand for Leadership Change, and Preference for Popular Elections in Rural China,” Political Behavior, Vol. 33, No. 2 (June 2011), pp. 291-311.

“Rights Consciousness and Rules Consciousness in Contemporary China,” China Journal, No. 64 (July 2010), pp. 47-68.

Lianjiang Li and Kevin O’Brien, “Protest Leadership in Rural China,” China Quarterly, No. 193 (March 2008), pp. 1-23.

“Political Trust and Petitioning in the Chinese Countryside,” Comparative Politics, Vol. 40, No. 2 (January 2008), pp. 209-226. 

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “Popular Contention and its Impact in Rural China,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 38, No. 3 (April 2005), pp. 235-259.

“Political Trust in Rural China,” Modern China, Vol. 30, No. 2 (April 2004), pp. 228-258.

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “Suing the Local State: Administrative Litigation in Rural China,” China Journal, No. 51 (January 2004), pp. 75-96.

“The Empowering Effect of Village Elections in China,” Asian Survey, Vol. 43, No. 4 (July-August 2003), pp. 648-662.

“The Politics of Introducing Direct Township Elections in China,” China Quarterly, Vol. 171 (September 2002), pp. 704-723.

“Elections and Popular Resistance in Rural China,” China Information, Vol. XV, No. 2 (2001), pp. 1-19 (tables missing). China Information, Vol. XVI, No. 1 (2002), pp. 89-107

“Support for Anti-Corruption Campaigns in Rural China,” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 10, No. 29 (November 2001), pp. 573-586.  

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “Accommodating ‘Democracy’ in a One-Party State: Introducing Village Elections in China,” China Quarterly, Vol. 162 (June 2000), pp. 465-489.

“The Two-Ballot System in Shanxi Province: Subjecting Village Party Secretaries to a Popular Vote,” China Journal, No. 42 (July 1999), pp. 103-118

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “Campaign Nostalgia in the Chinese Countryside,” Asian Survey, Vol. XXXIX, No. 3 (May/June 1999), pp. 375-393.

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “Selective Policy Implementation in Rural China,” Comparative Politics, Vol. 31, No. 2 (January 1999), pp. 167-186.

Lianjiang Li and Kevin O’Brien, “Villagers and Popular Resistance in Contemporary China,” Modern China, Vol. 22, No. 1 (January 1996), pp. 28-61.

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “The Politics of Lodging Complaints in Rural China,” China Quarterly, Vol. 143 (September 1995), pp. 756-783.

Kevin O’Brien and Lianjiang Li, “Chinese Political Reform and the Problem of ‘Deputy Quality’,” China Information, Vol. VIII, No. 3 (Winter 1994), pp. 20-31.

Book Chapters in English

“Direct Township Elections,” in Elizabeth Perry and Merle Goldman (eds.), Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007), pp. 97-116 (text) and pp. 352-59 (notes)

“Direct Election of Township Heads: Perspectives of Chinese Peasants,” in John Wong and Yongnian Zheng (eds.), China’s Post-Jiang Leadership (Singapore and London: Singapore University Press and World Scientific, 2002), pp. 231-260

Lianjiang Li and Kevin O’Brien, “The Struggle over Village Elections,” in Merle Goldman and Roderick MacFarquhar (eds.), The Paradox of China’s Post-Mao Reforms (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999), pp. 129-144

Journal Articles in Chinese


“差序政府信任”,《二十一世紀》, 2012年6月號(總第131期),第108-114頁。

“社会科学研究方法的用户视角,”《实证社会科学》, 第1卷(2016年6月),23-32页

“政治学研究中的命名与正名----‘依法抗争’一词的由来,”《中大政治学评论》, 第8辑(2015),1-4页

于建嵘,李连江,“政治发展下一步:县政改革,”《领导者》, 第18期 (10月, 2007),107-17页

李連江,熊景明,“從政府主導的村民政治邁向民主選舉,”《二十一世紀》, 1998年12月號(總第50期),第151-56頁

Book Chapters in Chinese

“當代中國大陸的權利意識與規則意識,”載楊開煌编,《中國改革開放卅十年論文集》(台北:海峽學術出版社, 2009), 277-305頁

“中國農民的國家觀與依法抗爭,”載張茂桂、郑永年編,《兩岸社會運動與民主化》(台北:新自然主義公司, 2003),281-298頁

李連江、欧博文, “村民政治:構想與現實,”載陈明通、郑永年编,《兩岸基層選舉與政治文化變遷》,台湾研究基金會叢書二之三(台北:月旦出版社,1998),325-348頁



German-Chinese Translation

Arthur Schopenhauer, Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit(《人生智慧箴言》)。北京:商务印书馆,2017,239页

English-Chinese Translations

Judith Shklar, Montesquieu (《孟德斯鸠》)(北京:中国政法大学出版社,2018)

Cass R. Sunstein, On Rumors (《谣言》)。张楠迪扬译,李连江校(北京:中信出版社,2016)

Melanie F. Manion, “Survey Research in the Study of Contemporary China: Learning from Local Samples” (“当代中国研究中的问卷调查研究:从地方样本中学习”),周凤华译,李连江校。《华中师范大学学报》(人文社会科学版),Vol. 53, No. 5 (October), 117-126页

Adam Przeworski, Democracy and the Market (《民主與市場》)。張光、馬俊峰 譯,李連江 校 (台北:桂冠圖書有限公司,1999)

Daniel Berman, Words Like Colored Glass: The Role of the Press in Taiwan’s Democratization Process (《筆桿裡面出民主》)(台北:時報出版公司,1995)

John Dunn, Locke(《洛克》)(台北:聯經出版事業有限公司,1990)

车铭洲 编,《西方现代语言哲学》(天津:南开大学出版社,1989)