Z. (Zhongyuan) Wang

  • PhD student
  • Chinese Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
E-Mail: z.wang@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China

Fields of interest

- Contemporary Chinese Politics and Law
- Comparative Politics: Transitions From Authoritarianism to Democracy
- Local Politics and City Governance
- Taiwan Politics and Cross-strait Relations

PhD research

Parallel track to the same destination? A Comparative Study of local politics and governance between Mainland China and Taiwan
Supervisor: Frank Pieke

My PhD research project seeks to study the local politics in Mainland China (specifically focus on South Fujian ) by comparing with that of Taiwan——What is the specific ecology of local politics in the two regions during different eras and its role played in the political system as a whole?

(1) Compare local politics during authoritarian era: how and to what extent has the development and transformation of local politics been restricted by the overall authoritarian regimes? What are the similarities and differences of the ruling skills and governmental tactics over local society employed by the CCP regime in Mainland China compared to those of the KMT (Kuomintang) regime in Taiwan before its democratization? What are the historical, practical and ideological reasons for these?

(2) Compare local politics during transformation: how and to what extent did (for Taiwan) and will (for Mainland China) local autonomy and democratization challenge the top-down party-state? Why local politics in Taiwan were normally regarded as the “Carcinoma of democracy” (Min zhu zhi ai) and posed a great threat to democratic consolidation of Taiwan? Will such a phenomenon or paradox reappear in Mainland China in the possible context of democratization? Or, is it likely for the CCP to create a “Chinese Mode” in local politics?


2011.2-7: National Taiwan University (Taipei): exchange student in Department of Political Science
2009-2012: Fudan University (Shanghai): Master of Political Science
2008.2-7: China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing): Exchange student in Department of Political Science
2005-2009: Xiamen University (Xiamen): Bachelor of  Political Science ; Double B.A. degree in Economics

Related Professional Experience
Research assistant at Contemporary China Study Center (Fudan University), a member of research programs on “Chinese Law Reform” and “City Governance”. (2011-9 ~ 2012-7)

Found and organize the Interdisciplinary Academic Reading Club in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University (2009-9 ~ 2011-11)

Fieldwork:“Social Structure and Political Ecology in Local Taiwan after democratization” (Jiji Town, Nantou County; Xinbei City, 2011-2 ~ 2011-7)

Give speech titled “Seems ugly: the Social Analysis of Politics in the Mainland of China” in Postgraduate Forum at Taiwan University (2011-4)

Participate in the seminar of “Fudan University-Nanjing University- Johns Hopkins University:Sino-American Relationship”. Jointly  present“The Rise of China and Sino-US Conflict in the View of Consumer Society” (2010-11)

Student of the summer school “Contemporary Chinese Study” held by the Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences (2010-7)

“Private Think Tanks and Local Governance in China - Current Practice and Path Choosing” was awarded excellent academic paper of Xiamen University (2008-12)

Vice-president of the Regional Development Research Center in Xiamen University( a student academic organization, 2008-9 ~ 2009-6)

Team leader of “Local politics in terms of Community Policing” (Summer Social Research project of Xiamen University, 2007-7 ~ 2007-10)

Grants and Awards
Leiden University: Doctoral Fellowship in Society and Politics of Contemporary China (2012)
Fudan University: First-class Academic Scholarship (2011)
Fudan University: Excellent Teaching Assistant (2010)
Fudan University: Excellent Summer Social Research Team (2010 )
Fudan University: Guanghua Scholarship and First-class Academic Scholarship (2010)
Fudan University: Second-class Academic Scholarship (2009)
Xiamen University: Excellent Triple-A student; First-class Scholarship (2009)
Xiamen University: Excellent Triple-A student; Second-class Scholarship; National Encouragement Scholarship (2008)
Xiamen University: Excellent Triple-A student; National Encouragement Scholarship (2007)
Xiamen Airlines Scholarship (2006)

Mandarin (native), English, French (elementary)


2012-2: “The New Generation of Peasant-workers and Contentious Politics in Chinese Cities” was published in Administration and Law (pp55-60) and was cited by the websites of Chinese Agriculture and “Gong Shi”

2011-3: “Political Ecology of Rural Society in Western China during The Post-tax Era and the Process of New Village Construction” was published in New Political Science (pp. 89-114)

2008-5: “Constitutionalism as a Wonderful Art—a Book Review of ‘Principles and Compromises’” was published on the website Politics and Law of America

Mater Degree Thesis
Wang Zhongyuan (2012) “‘Control’ and ‘Activate’: The Survival Logic and Operational Mechanisms of Township Government after Tax-fee Reform” (Supervisor: Deng Zhenglai)

Last Modified: 29-02-2016