Yuen Yuen Ang

Research Faculty


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies


Ph.D. 2010 Stanford University (Political Science)


Yuen Yuen Ang's Personal Website & CV

Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
7719 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Phone: 734–936–0089
Email: yuenang@umich.edu

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Yuen Yuen Ang studies development, complexity, and Chinese political economy.

Her research seeks to deepen our understanding of development as a complex process, by developing new theories and tools that capture its dynamic, non-linear, and multi-dimensional reality. Focusing on developing countries and emerging markets, particularly China, she explores three interconnected themes: (1) how markets emerge in the absence of good governance and state capacity, (2) the underlying conditions that enable effective adaptation within governments, and (3) the interactive relationship between corruption and economic prosperity. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, Cornell Studies in Political Economy, 2016).

More information on her research, as well as CV, is found on her personal website.

Selected publications.

2016. How China Escaped the Poverty Trap. Cornell University Press. Cornell Studies in Political Economy.

2016. "Beyond Weber: Conceptualizing an Alternative Ideal Type of Bureaucracy in Developing Contexts," Regulation & Governance.

2016. “Co-optation & Clientelism: Nested Distributive Politics in China’s Single-Party Dictatorship,” Studies in Comparative International Development, online first, pp. 1-22.

2014. Authoritarian Restraints on Online Activism Revisited: Why ‘I-Paid-A-Bribe’ Worked in India but Failed in China, Comparative Politics, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp. 21-40

2014. Perverse Complementarity: Political Connections and Use of Courts Among Chinese Firms (With Nan JIA), The Journal of Politics, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp. 318-332.