Dr. Guoguang Wu

Dr. Guoguang Wu
Position
Professor
Political Science
Credentials

PhD (1995) (Princeton)

Contact
Office: DTB A335

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Guoguang Wu is Professor in Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, and concurrently Professor in Department of History and Chair in China & Asia-Pacific Relations at the Centre for Asian Pacific Initiatives at the same University. He specializes in Comparative Politics, Global/Comparative Political Economy, and the Global South (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan).

His primary research interests follow two tracks: political economy of capitalism, and Chinese politics in comparative perspectives. Central to the first track is institutional reconfiguration of capitalism by globalization, which involves global dynamics of capital-labor-consumption interactions, changes in state-market relations, and global capitalism’s dependence on effective authoritarianism. The second track covers the themes and aspects including political legitimacy; elite politics; mass media, the Internet, and political communication under authoritarianism; and, more generally, transitions from and democratization of communism and authoritarianism.

He also does research in the fields of International Politics (human security and global governance, China’s post-Cold War foreign relations, East Asian regional international relations, Sino-U.S. relations, and China-Taiwan relations) and History of Twentieth-Century China (political, diplomatic, and intellectual histories, especially since 1949).

Many of his studies emphasize an approach of combining historical studies with social-science inquiries. Specially for the purpose of experimenting such a methodology, he has also conducted, or plans to conduct, studies in areas and themes such as historical cyclist theory, gender dynamics of the Chinese revolution and social transformation in the 20th century, encounters of ideas across East-West cultures, and historical political economy of epistemology.

He is the author of four books, which include two major research monographs: Globalization against Democracy: The Political Economy of Capitalism after Its Global Triumph (Cambridge University Press, 2017 forthcoming), and China’s Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is the editor or a coeditor of five scholarly volumes, all through the publisher of Routledge, as the latest ones are: China’s Transition from Communism – New Perspectives (coedited with Helen Lansdowne, 2016), and China’s Challenges to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications (2013).

His research articles are published in referred journals including Asian Survey, China Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Review, Social Research, and Third World Quarterly. He also contributed a few dozens of chapters to academic collections.

He has also extensively published in the Chinese language, with the outcomes of seven single-authored and three coauthored books, six edited volumes, and numerous articles. Some of them are translated and published in French, Japanese, and Korean.

He is currently working on a number of new projects, primarily including a research monograph funded by the SSHRC on exploring political economy of China’s development, and a follow-up to the 2017 book on globalization by analyzing how the market and the firm interact in shaping political economy of capitalism.

Prof. Wu has gained a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University (1995), and has been the recipient of the Niemen Fellowship from Harvard University, the Luce Fellowship from Columbia University, the An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University, the Visiting Professorship from the National University of Singapore, and a number of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before joining the University of Victoria in 2004. He is now on the editorial board of a dozen of academic/intellectual journals and research/education institutions based in China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and USA, respectively. Before the academic career, he was a journalist in China and involved into national policy-making on political reform in the capacity of a policy advisor and speechwriter to China’s Premier Zhao Ziyang.

He welcomes the opportunity to work with graduate students interested in any areas of study falling into all above academic orbits.

See Guoguang's History profile.
See Guoguang's CAPI profile.

  • Political economy of capitalism
  • Globalization
  • Transition from communism
  • Chinese politics
  • Institutional change
  • China's foreign relations
  • Human security

Dr. Wu teaches courses in Asian politics.

Teaching 2020-21

Fall 2020:

Spring 2021: 

Previous courses:
  • POLI 318: Government and Politics in East Asia
  • HIST 365C/POLI 319: Issues in Comparative Politics: China and the World
  • POLI 371/HSTR 365: Chinese Politics
  • POLI 433/HSTR 365: The Cultural Revolution in China

Books

  • Globalization against Democracy: A Political Economy of Capitalism after Its Global Triumph, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, xii + 339 pp. (hardcover, paperback, and e-book; the Chinese edition [translated by Can Zhao] by Oxford University Press [Hong Kong], 2020).
  • China's Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, xii + 368 pp. (hardcover and e-book; paperback in 2017; the Chinese edition [translated by Can Zhao] by Chinese University Press [Hong Kong], 2018).
  • Paradoxes of China’s Prosperity: Domestic Dilemmas and Global Implications, Singapore: World Scientific, 2015, xxii + 622 pp. (hardcover, paperback, and e-book).
  • The Anatomy of Political Power in China, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2005, xii + 365 pp.

Edited volumes

  • Gender Dynamics, Feminist Activism, and Social Transformation in China, edited by Guoguang Wu, Yuan Feng, and Helen Lansdowne, London: Routledge, 2019, x + 281 pp. (hardcover and e-book).
  • China's Transition from Communism -- New Perspectives, edited by Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, London: Routledge, 2016, xii + 216 pp. (hardcover and e-book).
  • China's Challenges to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications, edited by Guoguang Wu, London: Routledge, 2013, xiv + 336 pp. (hardcover and e-book; paperback in 2014).
  • Socialist China, Capitalist China: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Economic Globalization, edited by Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, London: Routledge, 2009, xiv + 215 pp. (hardcover and e-book; paperback in 2014).
  • Zhao Ziyang and China's Political Future, edited by Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, London: Routledge, 2008, xii + 189 pp. (hardcover and e-book; paperback in 2012).
  • China Turns to Multilateralism: Foreign Policy and Regional Security, edited by Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, London: Routledge, 2008, xiv + 303 pp. (hardcover and e-book; paperback in 2011).

Books in other languages

  • Globalization against Democracy: A Political Economy of Capitalism after Its Global Triumph [反民主的全球化:資本主義全球勝利之後的政治經濟學], Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2020, xviii + 326 pp. (in Chinese, translated by Can Zhao from Guoguang Wu, Globalization against Democracy: A Political Economy of Capitalism after Its Global Triumph, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • Theatre of Power: Institutional Operation of China's Party Congress [權力的劇場:中共黨代會的制度運作], Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2018, xxii + 361 pp. (in Chinese, translated by Can Zhao from Guoguang Wu, China’s Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Hegemon Without a Moral Compass: Post-Revolutionary China, Tokyo: Sankei Shimbun Press, 2012, 235 pp. [in Japanese, translated by Kenliong Lau].
  • The End of Reform and the Future of China, Taipei: Chengpin Press, 2009, iv + 312 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Exploring the Essentials of Chinese Politics (ed. with Cheng Xiaonong), Hong Kong: Broad Press, 2009, xxviii + 446 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Zhao Lives: A Continuing Collection of Commemorative Essays and Poems (ed. with Zhang Weiguo and Bao Pu), Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, 2006, xvi + 568 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Zhao Lives: A Collection of Commemorative Essays (ed. with Zhang Weiguo and Bao Pu), Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, 2005, xii + 604 pp. [in Chinese].
  • The New Red-Chamber Dream: Chinese Politics in Perspective, Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, 2003, x + 398 pp. [in Chinese].

Referred journal articles

  • "Value Concerns in Humanities and Social Sciences: Max Weber, Global Capitalism, and China Studies" [in Japanese, translated by Wang Ke], Studies on Modern Chinese History (Tokyo, Japan), 44 (January 2020): 7-19.
  • "The Tiananmen Military Coup D'état of 1989: A Neglected Aspect of History from a Comparative-Politics Perspective," Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 5, 2 (June-August 2019): 619-653.
  • "Protests Against Prosperity: The Recurring Chinese Dilemma of Economic Achievement Versus Political Discontent," Modern China Studies, 22, 2 (March 2015): 47-72.
  • "China’s Recent Discussions of Political Reform and Leadership Responses," East Asian Policy, 4, 1 (March 2012): 87-95.
  • "China in 2010: Dilemmas of 'Scientific Development'," Asian Survey, 51, 1 (January-February 2011): 18-32.
  • "Politics against Science: Reflections on the Study of Chinese Politics in Contemporary China," Journal of Chinese Political Science, 16, 3 (June 2011): 279-97; republished in Sujian Guo ed., Political Science and Chinese Political Studies: The State of the Field, New York: Springer, 2012, pp. 219-40.
  • "China in 2009: Muddling Through Crises," Asian Survey, 50, 1 (January-February 2010): 25-39.
  • "A Shadow over Western Democracies: China’s Political Usage of Economic Power," China Perspectives, 2009, 2: 80-9; concurrently published as ‘Une ombre planant sur les democraties etrangeres: l’utilisation politique du pouvoir économique par la Chine dans ses rapports avec l’Occident,’ Perspectives Chinoises, 2009, 2: 88-98 [translated by Jerome Bonnin]; republished in Jean-Philippe Beja ed., The Impact of China's 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 221-36.
  • "From Post-Imperial to Late Communist Nationalism: Historical Change in Chinese Nationalism from May Fourth to the 1990s," Third World Quarterly, 29, 3 (March 2008): 467-82; republished in Radhika Desai ed., Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 69-84.
  • "Hong Kong’s Political Influence over China: Institutional, Informative, and Interactive Dynamics of Sovereignty," The Pacific Review, 21, 3 (July 2008): 279-302.
  • "From the Great Rock to the Eastern Islet: The Politics of Citizen Engagement and Local Governance in China," China Perspectives, 2008, 2 (July 2008): 70-8; concurrently published as 'Engagement citoyen et gouvernance locale en Chine,' Perspectives Chinoises, 2008, 2: 72-80 [translated by Raphael Jacquet].
  • "Identity, Sovereignty, and Economic Penetration: Beijing’s Responses to Offshore Chinese Democracies," Journal of Contemporary China, 16, 51 (May 2007): 295-313; republished in Shaun Breslin, Carla Freeman, and Simon Shen eds., China and the World, London: SAGE Publications, 2014.
  • "The Peaceful Emergence of a Great Power?" Social Research (New School University, New York), 73, 1 (Spring 2006): 317-44.
  • "Information Technologies, Public Space, and Collective Action in China" (coauthored with Yongnian Zheng), Comparative Political Studies, 38, 5 (June 2005): 507-36.
  • "Passions, Politics, and Politicians: Beijing between Taipei and Washington," The Pacific Review, 17, 2 (2004): 179-98.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

  • "Spread of Information versus Spread of Virus: China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan," in Victor V. Ramraj ed., Covid-19 in Asia: Law and Policy Contexts, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • "Globalization and the Rise of the Economic State: PRC and USA in Comparison," in Ino Rossi ed., Challenges of Globalization and Prospects for an Inter-civilizational World Order, New York: Springer, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • "Rebelling Against Mao, Market, and Patriarchy: The Gender Dynamics of China’s Social Transformation," by Guoguang Wu and Yuan Feng, in Guoguang Wu, Yuan Feng, and Helen Lansdowne eds., Gender Dynamics, Feminist Activism, and Social Transformation in China, London: Routledge, 2019, pp. 249-273.
  • "Introduction," by Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, in Guoguang Wu, Yuan Feng, and Helen Lansdowne eds.,Gender Dynamics, Feminist Activism, and Social Transformation in China, London: Routledge, 2019, pp. 1-11.
  • "The Role of Party Congresses," in Willy Lam ed., The Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, London: Routledge, 2018, pp. 92-107.
  • " ‘Repressive Capitalism’ as the Institutional Crystallization of China’s Transition," in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China’s Transition from Communism -- New Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 188-210.
  • "All the News, All the Politics: Sophisticated Propaganda in Capitalist-Authoritarian China," in Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, and Lynn T. White III eds., Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast AsiaNational and Local Perspectives, London: Routlede, 2014, pp. 200-215.
  • 'Human Security Challenges with China: Why and How the Rise of China Makes the World Vulnerable?" in Guoguang Wu ed., China’s Challenges to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications, London: Routledge, 2013, pp. 1-27.
  • "Debating Political Reform: Social Pressures and Party-State Responses," in Wang Gungwu and Zheng Yongnian eds., China: Development and Governance, Singapore: World Scientific, 2013, pp. 15-20.
  • "Introduction" (co-authored with Helen Lansdowne), to Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Socialist China, Capitalist China: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Economic Globalization, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 1-9.
  • "Conclusion: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Globalization," in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Socialist China, Capitalist China: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Economic Globalization, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 190-208.
  • "In the Name of Good Governance: E-Government, Internet Pornography, and Political Censorship in China" in Xiaoling Zhang and Yongnian Zheng eds., China’s Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Social Changes and State Responses, London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 68-85.
  • "International Multilateralism with Chinese Characteristics: Attitude Changes, Policy Imperatives, and Regional Impacts" (co-authored with Helen Lansdowne), in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China Turns to Multilateralism: Foreign Policy and Regional Security, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 3-18.
  • "Multiple Levels of Multilateralism: The Rising China in the Turbulent World," in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China Turns to Multilateralism: Foreign Policy and Regional Security, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 267-89.
  • "Introduction" (co-authored with Helen Lansdowne), to Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Zhao Ziyang and China’s Political Future, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 1-13.
  • "Democracy and Rule of Law in Zhao Ziyang’s Political Reform," in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Zhao Ziyang and China’s Political Future, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 32-57.
  • "Zhao Ziyang and China’s Transition from Communism," in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Zhao Ziyang and China’s Political Future, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 164-85.

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