Dr. Guoguang Wu

Dr. Guoguang Wu
Position
Professor
Political Science
Credentials

PhD (1995) (Princeton)

Contact
Office: DTB A335

September to December 2018 office hours:

Thursdays 2:30-4:30 pm or by appointment

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 2018-19

Fall 2018:

Spring 2019: 

Previous courses:

Books

  • Globalization against Democracy: A Political Economy of Capitalism after Its Global Triumph, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, xii + 339 pp. (hardcover; paperback; e-book).
  • China's Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, xii + 368 pp. (hardcover and e-book; reprinted in paperback 2017).
  • Paradoxes of China’s Prosperity: Domestic Dilemmas and Global Implications, Singapore: World Scientific, 2015, xxii + 622 pp. (hardcover; paperback; 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 (forthcoming).
  • 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; reprinted in paperback 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; reprinted in paperback 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; reprinted in paperback 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; reprinted in paperback 2011).

Books in other languages

  • 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. (hardcover; 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].
  • With Cheng Xiaonong eds., Exploring the Essentials of Chinese Politics, Hong Kong: Broad Press, 2009, xxviii + 446 pp. [in Chinese].
  • With Zhang Weiguo and Bao Pu eds., Zhao Lives: A Continuing Collection of Commemorative Essays and Poems, Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, 2006, xvi + 568 pp. [in Chinese].
  • With Zhang Weiguo and Bao Pu eds., Zhao Lives: A Collection of Commemorative Essays, 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].
  • Liberal Nations and Liberty of Nations, Taipei: Datun Press, 2002, ix + 310 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Zhao Ziyang and Political Reform, Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, and Taipei: Vista Publishing Company, 1997, xxxvii + 561 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Toward the 15th Party Congress: Power Game in China, Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, and Taipei: Vista Publishing Company, 1997, xxiii + 266 pp. [in Chinese].
  • One Country, Three Systems: Political Interactions among China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 1997, 263 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Liberalization, Institutionalization, and Democratization, Taipei: Storm Forum Press, 1997, vi + 230 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Ed., The 1997 Effect: Hong Kong, China, and the Pacific, Hong Kong: Pacific Century Press, and Taipei: Vista Publishing Company, 1997, ii + 230 pp. [in Chinese].
  • With Wang Shaoguang, He Pin, Gao Xin, and Qi Qin, The Challenges Facing Jiang Zemin, Hong Kong: Mirror Books, 1996, 362 pp. [in Chinese].
  • With Zheng Yongnian, Of Central-Local Relations: A Pivotal Issue in China's Transformation, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1995, viii + 209 pp. [in Chinese].
  • Ed., The State, the Market, and Society: Observations and Studies of China's Reforms, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1994, x + 235 pp. [in Chinese].
  • With Wang Zhaojun, China after Deng Xiaoping, Taipei: World Books, xvi + 380 pp., and Los Angeles: Huayang Press, 1994, x + 296 pp. [in Chinese].
  • With Wang Zhaojun, China after the Death of Deng Xiaoping, Tokyo: Business Press, 1994, 320 pp. [in Japanese, translated by Yang Wenxin].
  • With Wang Zhaojun, China after Deng, Seoul: Korean Daily Press, 1994, 375 pp. [in Korean, translated by Jin Tailong].
  • Ed., Theoretical Outlines of the Preliminary Stage of Socialism, Beijing: Renmin chubanshe, 1988, vi + 222 pp. [in Chinese].

Referred journal articles

  • "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.
  • "From Partial Liberty to Minimal Democracy: The Political Agenda of Post-Reform China in Debate," Contemporary Chinese Thought (M. E. Sharpe), 34, 4 (Summer 2003): 57-74.
  • "Les coulisses de la transition," Politicque Internationale (Paris), 97 (Automne 2002): 385-91 [translated by Marie Holzman].
  • "The Politics of an Interim Truce in the Taiwan Strait," China Information (Leiden University, the Netherlands), 14, 1 (2000): 43-57.
  • "Normalizing Authoritarianism: The Meaning of the CCP’s 15th Congress," American Asian Review (Seton Hall University, New Jersey), 16, 2 (Summer 1998): 85-107.
  • "Command Communication: The Politics of Editorial Formulation in the People’s Daily," China Quarterly, 138 (June 1994): 194-211; republished in Michael Keane and Wanning Sun eds., Chinese Media, London: Routledge, 2013, 4 volumes.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

  • “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 (forthcoming).
  • “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 (forthcoming).
  • "The Role of Party Congresses," in Willy Lam ed., The Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, London: Routledge, 2018, pp. 92-107.
  • "Conclusion: ‘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 Asia? National and Local Perspectives, London: Routlede, 2014, pp. 200-15.
  • '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.
  • "Conclusion: 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; translated into Chinese (by He Nanchu) and republished in Zhang Boshu ed., Zhao Ziyang’s Road, Hong Kong: Morning Bell Press, 2011, pp. 235-64.
  • "From the July 1 Speech to the 16th Party Congress: Ideology, Party Construction, and Leadership Transition," in David M. Finkelstein and Maryanne Kivlehan eds., China’s Leadership in the 21st Century: The Rise of the Fourth Generation, Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2003, pp. 167-85.
  • "La fin de la reforme et la continuation de l’histoire," in Marie Holzman and Chen Yan eds., Ecrits edifiants et curieux sur la Chine du XXIe siècle, Paris: L’aube, 2003, pp. 29-42 [translated by Chen Yan and Marie Holzman].
  • "The Return of Ideology? Struggling to Reorganize Politics during Socioeconomic Transitions," in John Wong and Yongnian Zheng eds., The Nanxun Legacy and China’s Development in the Post-Deng Era, Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2001, pp. 221-46.
  • "One Head, Many Mouths: Diversifying Press Structures in Reform China," in Chin-Chuan Lee ed., Power, Money, and Media: Communication Patterns and Bureaucratic Control in Cultural China, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2000, pp. 45-67.
  • "Conflicts Intensify, Dialogue Continues: Sino-American Relations into the New Century," in Lau Chung-ming and Jianfa Shen eds., China Review 2000, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2000, pp. 27-59.
  • "The Development of Localism under Political Control and Institutional Decay," in Satoshi Amako ed., Structural Change in Contemporary China, Vol. 4: Politics: The Structure of Central and Local Power, Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2000, pp. 39-59 [in Japanese, translated by Yang Lijun].
  • "Legitimacy Crisis, Political Economy, and the Fifteenth Party Congress," in Andrew J. Nathan, Zhaohui Hong, and Steven Smith eds., Dilemmas of Reform in Jiang Zemin’s China, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1999, pp. 13-32.
  • "Conducting Dialogue under Strategic Conflict: Sino-American Relations in Flux," in Maurice Brosseau, Kuan Hsin-chi, and Y.Y. Kueh eds., China Review 1997, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1997, pp. 57-85; translated into Chinese [by Luo Jinyi] and republished in Luo Jinyi ed., China Review 1997 [the Chinese edition], Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1998, pp. 51-78.
  • " 'Documentary Politics': Hypotheses, Process, and Case Studies," in Carol Lee Hamrin and Suisheng Zhao eds., Decision-Making in Deng’s China: Perspectives from Insiders, Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1995, pp. 24-38.
  • "China in the Second Wave of Reform: Changes of the Relationships among the State, the Markets, and Society," in Wu Guoguang ed., State, Market, and Society: Studies of Chinese Reforms, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1994, pp. 1-16 [in Chinese].
  • "State Capacities in Change: Patterns and Dilemmas," in Wu Guoguang ed., State, Market, and Society: Studies of Chinese Reforms, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1994, pp. 89-101 [in Chinese].
  • "The Dilemmas of Participation in the Political Reform of China, 1986-1988," in Roger V. Des Forges, Luo Ning, and Wu Yen-bo eds., Chinese Democracy and the Crisis of 1989: Chinese and American Reflections, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993, pp. 135-48.