Ming Xia

Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Temple University
Research Interests: international political economy, globalization, global crime, East Asia, China

Prof. Xia received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of International Politics, Fudan University, China. He received his Ph.D. degree from Temple University, where his dissertation won the Bernard Watson Best Dissertation Award in 1997. He once taught at Fudan University and served as a residential fellow at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the George Washington University(2003), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004) and the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore (2004 and 2011). He is the author of The Dual Developmental State (Ashgate 2000) andThe People’s Congresses and Governance in China (Routledge 2008; paperback edition 2011); co-editor of The Crown of Thorn: Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize (Hong Kong: Morning Bell Publisher, 2010). He was included to the “Top 100 Chinese Public Intellectuals” of 2009 and 2010. He is a co-producer of an HBO Oscar-nominated documentary movie, “China’s Unnatural Disaster, The Tears of Sichuan Province” (2009), which also won 2011 CINE Golden Eagle award. He maintains a column on China in Perspective magazine and contributes regularly to the BBC World News Chinese Service. He is also an associate editor for The Journal of Modern China (Dangdai Zhongguo Yanjiu). He has published dozens of articles and frequently commented on U.S.-China trade and financial relations, political economy in China, organized crime, global issues and globalization.


empire of the red sunMing Xia, Empire of the Red Sun (New York and Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 2015).

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looting overdrawinMing Xia, ed.,  A Looting and Overdrawing World: The 2008 Economic Crisis, Transformation of Civilization and China’s Historical Turning Point (Hong Kong: The iSun Affairs Limited, 2015).

A pdf version of the book can be found here.



people's congressesMing Xia, The People’s Congresses and Governance in China: Toward a Network Mode of Governance (Routledge, 2008).

The People’s Congresses and Governance in China presents a complex but convincing analysis of the transformation of governance in China. As the first systemic and theoretical study of China’s provincial legislatures, it draws our attention to one of the most promising growth points in China’s changing constitutional order. Through in depth and first hand research, the author provides a comprehensive explanation about why the provincial legislatures have acquired institutional maturation and expanded power in the context of Chinese transitional political economy. The book portrays an innovative pattern of legislative development, sums up pragmatic local strategies for market creation, and identifies multiple dynamics for promoting accountability and democracy. Based upon the case study of provincial legislatures, Ming Xia reveals the formation of a new mode of governance in China’s national politics: the network structure featuring institutional arrangements and the mohe (co-operation through competition) pattern of interaction abided by the major power players.

This volume will be of interest to parliamentary scholars and parliamentarians who are concerned with the role of parliaments in transitional politics and economies of both post-communist and developing countries. It will also appeal to students and researchers of Chinese politics, governance and Asian studies.

dual developmentMing Xia, The Dial Developmental State: Development strategy and institutional arrangements for China’s transition (Ashgate Pub, Ltd, 2000).

The developmental state model, which originated in Japan, has ascended to the status of the leading paradigm for the East Asian political economy. This text explores the proposition of many specialists, that China has emulated the model and become part of the flying geese pattern of development.

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