University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Contemporary Chinese Studies
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Zhengxu Wang

Associate Professor in Contemporary Chinese Studies and Politics , School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


PhD: Political Science and Higher Education from the University of Michigan (2005)


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Dr. Zhengxu Wang is Associate Professor in Contemporary Chinese Studies and Politics. He obtained his Ph.D. in political Science from University of Michigan. He then served as a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore, before he join University of Nottingham (UK) in 2007. At Nottingham he served as Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer, and then Associate Professor at School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, while at the same time served as Research Coordinator and then Deputy Director of its China Policy Institute. In September 2016 he joined the faculty of the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus.

He researches on national party and state institutions and politics in China, especially the politics among top political elites, citizen values and political behaviours in China and East Asia, and institutional changes and political reforms in China’s, among other topics. His publications have appeared in Governance, International Review of Sociology, Political Research Quarterly, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Contemporary Politics, Asian Journal of Public Opinion Research, The China Quarterly, The China Journal, Journal of Contemporary China, and others.

Dr. Wang obtained his PhD in Political Science and Higher Education from the University of Michigan (2005). In his spare time, Dr. Wang also competes in marathon and triathlon races as well as badminton and volleyball tournaments.

He also served as Shanghai City’s Oriental Scholar at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs Fudan University, China.



Lisheng Dong, Zhengxu Wang, and Henk Dekker (Eds.), Chinese Views of the EU: Public Support for a Strong Relationship. London: Routledge (2013).

Journal Articles:

Zhengxu Wang, Jianxiong Liu, and Dragan Pavlicevic, Democratic Localism: Self-Governance in Urban Communities in China”, China: An International Journal (forthcoming 2018)

Zhengxu Wang and Long Sun “Social Class and Voter Turnout in China: Local Congress Elections and Citizen-Regime Relations”, Political Research Quarterly (2017)

Zhengxu Wang and Anastas Vangeli  “Rules and Norms of Leadership Succession in China: From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping and Beyond”, The China Journal (June 2016).

Zhengxu Wang and Jinghan Zeng, “Xi Jinping and the Changing Norms of Elite Politics in China”, Contemporary Politics (2016)

Zhengxu Wang and Yu You “The Arrival of Critical Citizens”, International Review of Sociology (published online Feb 2016) DOI:10.1080/03906701.2015.1103054

Zhengxu Wang. “Socioeconomic Changes and Modern Values in China: 1993-2011”. Asian Journal of Public Opinion Research, 2(3), 140-171( May 2015).

Zhengxu Wang, “The EU and Europe in China’s Incremental Multilateralism”, Asian Politics and Policy,7 (1),131–144 (March 2015)

Zhengxu Wang and Deyong Ma, “Participation and Competition: Innovations in Cadre Election and Selection in China’s Townships”, Journal of Contemporary China 24(92), 298-314 (Oct 2014)

Deyong Ma and Zhengxu Wang, “Institutional Changes and Legitimacy of Local Government: Electoral Impact within a One-Party Framework”, Japanese Journal of Political Science (Aug 2014).

Zhengxu Wang and Ern Ser Tan, “The Conundrum of Authoritarian Resiliency: Hybrid Regimes and Non-democratic Regimes in East Asia”, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 9(1), 199-219. (Aug 2013)

Zhengxu Wang, “Chinese Presidency: Evolutions, Institutional Ambiguities, and Trajectories of Democratization”, China: An International Journal, 11(2), 140 – 154 (Aug 2013).

Zhengxu Wang, Long Sun, Liuqing Xu, and Dragan Pavlićević, “Leadership in China’s Urban Home-Owner Movement”, The China Quarterly, 214,411-431. (June  2013)

Zhengxu Wang and Weina Dai, and “Women’s Participation in and Perception of Politics in Rural China: Village Self-Governance in Rudong”, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, 26 (1), 91–118 (January 2013)

Book Chapters:

Zhengxu Wang and Ern Ser Tan, “Modernization: The Ultimate Factor in the Rise of Democratic Values in East Asia?” In Yun-han Chu, Andrew Nathan, and Larry Diamond (Eds.), Ambivalent Democrats: Political Culture and Democratic Legitimacy in Asia, (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers (forthcoming 2015).

Evan Hills and Zhengxu Wang, “Institutional Barriers to China’s Renewable Energy Strategy”, in  Shujie Yao & Maria Jesus Herrerias (Eds.),  Energy Security and Sustainable Economic Growth in China, Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan Publishers (2014).

Zhengxu Wang and, Dragan, Pavlicevic, “Transitional Meritocracy: Institutions and Practices of Personnel Management in China’s State-Building.” In Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard (Ed.), Globalization and Public Sector Reform in China. London: Routledge (2014).

Zhengxu Wang and Bogdan Popescu (2013), “Knowledge and Perception: How does an understanding of the EU’s internal complexities affect the EU’s image among Chinese people?”, in Lisheng Dong, Zhengxu Wang, and Henk Dekker (Eds.), China and the European Unions. London: Routledge (2013).59-80.

Zixiao Yang, David Zweig, and Zhengxu Wang. “Is China Rising at America’s Expenses? Anti-Americanism and Pro-China Sentiments in Global Public Opinion” in Hongyi Lai and Yiyi Lu (Eds.), China’s Soft Power and International Relations. London: Routledge (2012)