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Selected Publications




End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining its Rise, Oxford University

Press (2018), updated paperback version (2019)


Articles and Book Chapters

“China’s Domestic Politics and the Impact on Foreign Policy,” in China’s Grand Strategy, David

            Denoon, ed., New York University Press [forthcoming Winter 2021]

End of China’s Reform Era, 13(4) Asia Policy 83 (2018)

Legal Reform Under Xi Jinping, 20 Asia Policy 4 (2015)

China After the Reform Era, 26 Journal of Democracy 130 (2015)

The Rise of the Security State, China Quarterly 222 (June 2015)

China at the Tipping Point? The Turn Against Legal Reform, 24 Journal of Democracy 65 (2013)

The Rise and Fall of Chinese Legal Education, 36 Fordham Intn’l Law Journal 334 (2013) 

China’s Turn Against Law, 59 American Journal of Comparative Law 935 (2011)         

Riots and cover-ups: Counterproductive Control of Local Agents in China, 31 University of

        Pennsylvania J. of Int. Law 53 (2009)

Judicial Disciplinary Systems for Incorrectly Decided Cases, in

  • 39 New Mexico Law Review 63 (2009)
  • Margaret Woo, Mary Gallagher & Merle Goldman, eds., Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China, Cambridge University Press (2011)   

Social Instability in China: Causes, Consequences, and Implications,” in C. Fred Bergsten and

Eve Cary, eds. The China Balance Sheet in 2007 and Beyond, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Peterson Institute for International Economics (2007).

Xinfang: Alternative to Formal Chinese Legal Institutions, 42 Stanford J. of Int. Law 103 (2006)

New Chinese Regulations on Foundations, 2 Int. J. of Civil Society Law 110 (2004)

Works In Translation

逆法而动 (Turn Against Law), in Xu Xin, ed., 调解:中国与世界 (Mediation: China and the World), Chinese University of Politics and Law Press (2013).

中国法学教育的潮起潮落 (The Rise and Fall of Chinese Legal Education), 法律与社会科学 (Law and Social Sciences) (2014)

Shorter Pieces

“Book Review of 'A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future' by Jiang Qing, edited by Daniel Bell and Ruiping Fan” China Quarterly (2013)

China (Country Report) in Countries at the Crossroads 2011: A Survey of Democratic

Governance. Washington: Freedom House and Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2011).

“Book Review of The China Legal Development Yearbook, Volumes 1 and 2, by Brill and China

Academy of Social Sciences Press,” China Review International (2010)




Blog Editor, Chinese Law and Politics Blog (currently inactive)

China: The Year Ahead, ChinaFile Conversation, January 8, 2020

Intelligentsia in the Crosshairs: Xi Jinping’s Ideological Rectification of Higher Education in China, China Leadership Monitor, December 1, 2019

China’s Deepening Institutional Decay, East Asia Forum, August 20, 2017

Q and A: Carl Minzner on the Shift to Personalized Rule in China, New York Times, May 24, 2016

A return to China's isolationist past would be disastrous, LA Times, March 18, 2015 
After the Fourth Plenum: What Direction for Law in China?, Jamestown Foundation China Brief, November 20, 2014 

China is again slowly turning in on itself, LA Times, October 18, 2014 

How China’s Leaders Will Rule on the Law, ChinaFile, October 15, 2014 

Laying down the law at the Communist Party plenum, East Asia Forum, September 1, 2014 

Old Wine in an Ancient Bottle: Changes in Chinese State Ideology, Jamestown Foundation China Brief, March 21, 2014.

China’s Turn Against Law, Chinese Legal Reform Series, Human Rights Watch, Oct. 30, 2013

America’s Higher Education Bubble, Caixin, Oct. 9, 2013

China’s Higher Education Bubble, Caixin, Aug. 5, 2013

What Direction for Legal Reform Under Xi Jinping?, Jamestown Foundation China Brief, January 4, 2013

The Social Pressures Are Real, New York Times, Room for Debate, Nov. 23, 2012

Chinese Legal Reform: Game On?, The Diplomat, Oct. 13, 2012 

Rule of Law in China: Past, Present, and Future, The Diplomat, Sept. 7, 2012

China Turns Against Law, Asian Wall Street Journal, Jul. 4, 2012

The System That Divides China, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 16, 2010

Chinese Civil Society in Transition, 47 China Review 8, Summer 2009

Back and Forth From Beijing, New York Times/International Herald Tribune, May 29, 2009

Can The U.S. Fight the Tide of History?, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 1, 2009

After Iraq War, Resist the Isolationist Impulse, Christian Science Monitor, June 19, 2007

Corruption in China: The Anger Boils Over, International Herald Tribune, May 29, 2007

The Rise of China and the Interests of the U.S., Ripon Forum, April/May 2007

Social Instability in China, Causes, Consequences, and Implications, Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2006.

Opening the Market, 9 China Economic Review 24 (1999)