Dr. YAN Xiaojun 閻小駿

Associate Professor: He obtained his Bachelor of Law (International Politics) and Master of Law (International Politics) degrees from Peking University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is a comparative political scientist with special expertise in the politics of China.  Dr. Yan is recipient of the 2012 Gordon White Prize by The China Quarterly for his article entitled “ ‘To Get Rich Is Not Only Glorious’: Economic Reform and the New Entrepreneurial Party Secretaries” (The China Quarterly, June 2012, No. 210). His first book on Hong Kong politics is selected as one of the “Ten Best Chinese Books (non-fiction) Published in 2015” by Asia Weekly.  He is recipient of a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2007), as well as HKU’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2013). In 2017, Dr. Yan is awarded a Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme grant of HK$3 Million, in support of his research on the practice of the “One Country Two Systems” Policy in Hong Kong, and a General Research Fund grant of HK$770,680, in support of his research on the cultural security regime in China and Saudi Arabia.


  • 2016 《亞洲週刊》2015年度十大中文好書(非小說類)
  • 2013 HKU Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2012 Gordon White Prize, The China Quarterly


  • 《中國何以穩定:來自田野的觀察與思考》(ISBN: 9789620441189),三聯書店(香港),2017年5月第1版,288頁。
        (簡體中文版)《中国何以稳定:来自田野的观察与思考》(ISBN: 9787520312356),中国社会科学出版社,2017年10月第1版,214页。
  • 《當代政治學十講》(ISBN:9789629966201),香港中文大學出版社,2016年5月第1版,287頁。
        (簡體中文版)《当代政治学十讲》(ISBN: 9787516193815),中国社会科学出版社(北京),2016年12月第1版,271页。
  • 《香港治與亂:2047的政治想像》(ISBN:9789620438226),三聯書店(香港),2015年9月第1版,254頁。
        (簡體中文版)《香港治与乱:2047的政治想象》(ISBN: 9787010161976),人民出版社(北京),2016年6月第1版,216页。
        榮獲《亞洲週刊》2015年度十大中文好書(非小說類)[官方新聞稿Chinese Version Only]

Journal Articles

  • "Fighting the Prairie Fire: Why do Local Party-States in China Respond to Contentious Challengers Differently?” (with Zhou Kai), China: An International Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4, November 2017, pp.43-68.
  • "Navigating Unknown Waters: The Chinese Communist Party’s New Presence in the Private Sector” (with Jie Huang), The China Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2017, pp.37-63.
  • "Reforming Governance under Authoritarianism: Motivations and Pathways of Local Participatory Reform in the People’s Republic of China” (with Xin Ge), Democratization, Vol. 24, No. 3, May 2017, pp.405-424.
  • "Patrolling Harmony: Pre-emptive Authoritarianism and the Preservation of Stability in W County", Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 25, No. 99, May 2016, pp.406-421.
        Also in Debating Regime Legitimacy in Contemporary China: Popular protests and regime performances (ISBN: 9781138289611), edited by Suisheng Zhao, 2017, London, UK: Routledge, pp.228-244.
  • “Participatory Budgeting Under Authoritarianism: The Local Budgetary Reforms in the People’s Republic of China” (with Xin Ge), Policy & Politics, Vol. 44, No. 2, April 2016, pp.215-234.
  • “Engineering Stability: Authoritarian Political Control over University Students in Post-Deng China”, The China Quarterly, 218, June 2014, pp. 493-513.
  • “The Quest for Stability: Policing Popular Protest in the People’s Republic of China” (with Zhou Kai), Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 61, No. 3, May/June 2014, pp.3-17.
  • "Where Have All the People Gone? Some Reflections on Civil Society and Regime Stability in the People’s Republic of China", Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol. 8, No. 2, December 2012, pp.17-24.
  • “To Get Rich Is Not Only Glorious: Economic Reform and the New Entrepreneurial Party Secretaries”, The China Quarterly, 210, June 2012, pp. 335–354.
        Awarded the 2012 Gordon White Prize for "the most original article or research report published in The China Quarterly in the relevant year". [Official Announcement from Cambridge University Press]
  • “Regime Inclusion and the Resilience of Authoritarianism: Local People’s Political Consultative Conference in Post-Mao Chinese Politics”, The China Journal, Issue 66, July 2011, pp.53-75.
  • “The Democratizing Power of Economic Reform: Revival of a Representative Institution in Rural China”, Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 58, Issue 3, May/June 2011, pp.39-52.