Bedrosian Center

Shui Yan Tang


Research Director, Bedrosian Center

Frances R. and John. J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration

Environmental policy, organizational commitment, institutional analysis, microcredit, common-pool resources

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 206


Dr. Tang is Research Director for the Bedrosian Center, a position he took at the founding of the Center in 2005. In this role, he leads the Bedrosian Center Faculty Research Awards program, which awards grants to USC Price faculty doing research in collaborative governance.

Tang also leads the Bedrosian Center’s partnership with the Southern California chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). The partnership convenes panel discussions highlighting timely issues facing Southern California’s public administrators, with the goal of fostering dialogue about what good governance means and how to promote ideas for improving governance.

Dr. Tang joined the faculty at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy Planning and Development in 1989 (the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy) after teaching at both Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong. His research centers on institutional analysis and design, collaborative governance, common-pool resource governance, microfinance, organizational commitment, economic development, and environmental policy. He is the author of Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity: Ten Principles for a Rule-Ordered Society (2012 forthcoming) and Collaborative Governance in the United States and Korea (Seoul National University Press, 2009) and has been published in numerous journals, including: Comparative Politics, Economic Development Quarterly, Environment and Planning A, Governance, Human Ecology, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, land Economics, Public Administration Review, The China Quarterly, and World Development. He also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and International Public Administration Review.

Dr. Tang was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2009. Tang has won several awards for his including the Harry Scoville Award for Academic Excellence from the Southern California chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He earned his Ph. D. in Public Policy from Indiana University and both his M. Phil. and B.Soc. Sc. in Government and Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Francesch-Huidoboro, M., C.W.H. Lo, and S. Y. Tang, “The Local Environmental Regulatory Regime in China: Changes in Pro-Environment Orientation, Institutional Capacity, and Political Support,” Environment and Planning A. (Forthcoming)

Tang, S. Y. Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity: Ten Principles for a Rule-Ordered Society, Beijing: China Economics Publishing House. (in both English and Chinese) (Forthcoming)

Yee, W-H, C.W. H. Lo, and S. Y. Tang, “Assessing ecological modernization in China: Stakeholder demands and corporate environmental management practices,” The China Quarterly. (Forthcoming)

X. Zhan and S. Y. Tang, “Political Opportunities, Resource Constraints, and Policy Advocacy: A Longitudinal Study of Environmental NGOs in China,” Public Administration, 2012. (Forthcoming)

S. Y. Tang, D. A. Mazmanian, and X. Zhan “Understanding Collaborative Governance from the Rational Choice Perspective,” Fudan Public Administrative Review, Vol. 7, 2011, 3-25. (in Chinese)

C. B. Ju and S. Y. Tang, “Political Contestation and the Developmental Trajectories of Environmental NGOs in South Korea,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 40, Issue 6, 2011, pp. 1048-1072.

C. P. Tang, S. Y. Tang, and C. Y. Chiu “Inclusion, Identity, and Environmental Justice in New Democracies: The Politics of Pollution Remediation in Taiwan” Comparative Politics, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2011, pp. 333-350.

C. B. Ju and S. Y. Tang, “External Legitimacy, Goal Congruence, and Collective Resistance: Environmental NGOs and Land Use Politics in South Korea,” Urban Studies, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2011, pp. 811-825.

C. W. H. Lo, G. Fryxell, and S. Y. Tang, “Stakeholder Pressures from Perceived Environmental Impacts and the Effect on Corporate Management Programs in China,” Environmental Politics, Vol. 19, No. 6, 2010, 888-909.

S. Y. Tang, C. W. H. Lo, and G. Fryxell, “Governance Reform, External Support, and Environmental Regulation Enforcement in Rural China: The Case of Guangdong Province,” Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 91, No. 10, 2010, 2008-2018.

C. P. Tang and S. Y. Tang, “Institutional Adaptation and Community-based Conservation of Natural Resources: The Cases of the Tao and Atayal in Taiwan,” Human Ecology, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2010, 101-111.

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