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Shui Yan Tang

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

Ph.D. in Public Policy
Indiana University

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 206
Los Angeles, CA 90089


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.


Liu, N., Tang, S., Zhan, X., & Lo, C. (2018). Political Commitment, Policy Ambiguity, and Corporate Environmental Practices. Policy Studies Journal46(1), 190–214.

Kwon, M., Tang, S., & Kim, C. (2018). Examining strategic sustainability plans and smart-growth land-use measures in California cities. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management61(9), 1570–1593.

Liu, N., Tang, S., Zhan, X., & Lo, C. (2018). Policy uncertainty and corporate performance in government-sponsored voluntary environmental programs. Journal of Environmental Management219, 350–360.

Li, H., Tang, S., & Lo, C. (2018). The Institutional Antecedents of Managerial Networking in Chinese Environmental NGOs. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly47(2), 325–346.

Li, H., Lo, C., & Tang, S. (2017). Nonprofit Policy Advocacy under Authoritarianism. Public Administration Review77(1), 103–117.

Zhan, X., & Tang, S. (2016). Understanding the Implications of Government Ties for Nonprofit Operations and Functions. Public Administration Review76(4), 589–600.

Liu, N., Tang, S., Lo, C., & Zhan, X. (2016). Stakeholder demands and corporate environmental coping strategies in China. Journal of Environmental Management165. Retrieved from

Yee, W., Tang, S., & Lo, C. (2016). Regulatory Compliance when the Rule of Law Is Weak: Evidence from China’s Environmental Reform. Journal Of Public Administration Research And Theory26(1), 95–112.

Tang, S., Li, P. H., Fryxell, G. E., & Lo, C. W. (2015). Enterprise-Level Motivations, Regulatory Pressures, and Corporate Environmental Management in Guangzhou, China. Environmental Management. First published online May 7, 2015, print forthcoming.

Tang, C., & Tang, S. (2014). Managing Incentive Dynamics for Collaborative Governance in Land and Ecological Conservation. Public Administration Review, 74(2), 220-231.

Tang, S., Callahan, R. F., & Pisano, M. (2014). Using Common-Pool Resource Principles to Design Local Government Fiscal Sustainability. Public Administration Review, 74(6), 791-803.

Yee, W., Tang, S., & Lo, C. W. (2014). Regulatory Compliance when the Rule of Law is Weak: Evidence from China’s Environmental Reform. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. First published online June 12, 2014.

Zhan, X., Lo, C. W., & Tang, S. (2014). Contextual Changes and Environmental Policy Implementation: A Longitudinal Study of Street-Level Bureaucrats in Guangzhou, China. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24(4), 1005-1035.

Lo, C. W., & Tang, S. (2013). Institutions, Regulatory Styles, Society and Environmental Governance in China. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Yee, W., Lo, C. W., & Tang, S. (2013). Assessing Ecological Modernization in China: Stakeholder Demands and Corporate Environmental Management Practices in Guangdong Province. The China Quarterly, 213, 101-129.

Zhan, X., & Tang, S. (2013). Political Opportunities, Resource Constraints and Policy Advocacy of Environmental NGOs in China. Public Administration Review, 91(2), 381-399.

Tang, S. (2012). Ten Principles for a Rule-Ordered Society: Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity [规则社会的十项原则 : 提升中国的治理能力]. Beijing: China Economic Publishing House.

Tang, S., Francesch-Huidobro, M., & Lo, C. W. (2012). The Local Environmental Regulatory Regime in China: Changes in Pro-Environment Orientation, Institutional Capacity, and External Political Support in Guangzhou. Environment and Planning, 44(10), 2493.

Tang, S., Zhan, X., & Bao, Y. (2012). Towards a Rule-Ordered Society: A Research and Practical Framework for Public Governance Transition in China. Fudan Public Administration Review, 2, 006.

Ju, C. B., & Tang, S. (2011). Path Dependence, Critical Junctures, and Political Contestation: The Developmental Trajectories of Environmental NGOs in South Korea. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40(6), 1048-1072.

Ju, C. B., & Tang, S. (2011). External Legitimacy, Goal Congruence and Collective Resistance Environmental NGOs and Land Use Politics in South Korea. Urban Studies, 48(4), 811-825.

Tang, C., Tang, S., & Chiu, C. (2011). Inclusion, Identity, and Environmental Justice in New Democracies: The Politics of Pollution Remediation in Taiwan. Comparative Politics, 43(3), 333-350.

Tang, S. (2011). Review of Self-Organizing Federalism: Collaborative Mechanisms to Mitigate Institutional Collective Action Dilemmas, Edited By Richard C. Feiock and John T. Scholz. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 41(2), 357-359.

Tang, S., Mazmanian, D. A., & Zhan, X. (2011). Understanding Collaborative Governance from the Rational Choice Perspective (in Chinese). Fudan Public Administration Review, 7, 3-25.

Tang, C., & Tang, S. (2010). Institutional Adaptation and Community-Based Conservation of Natural Resources: The Cases of the Tao and Atayal in Taiwan. Human Ecology, 38(1), 101-111.

Tang, S., Lo, C. W., & Fryxell, G. E. (2010). Governance Reform, External Support, and Environmental Regulation Enforcement in Rural China: The Case of Guangdong Province. Journal of Environmental Management, 91(10), 2008-2018.

Tang, S., & Mazmanian, D. A. (2010). Understanding Collaborative Governance from the Structural Choice-Politics, IAD, and Transaction Cost Perspectives. 

Wing-Hung Lo, C., Fryxell, G. E., & Tang, S. (2010). Stakeholder Pressures from Perceived Environmental Impacts and the Effect on Corporate Environmental Management Programmes in China. Environmental Politics, 19(6), 888-909.

Jung, Y., Mazmanian, D. A., & Tang, S. (2009). Collaborative Governance in the United States and Korea: Cases in Negotiated Policymaking and Service Delivery. International Review of Public Administration, 13, 1-11.

Tang, S., & Lo, C. W. (2009). The Political Economy of Service Organization Reform in China: An Institutional Choice Analysis. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19(4), 731-767.

Lim, J. H., & Tang, S. (2008). Urban e-Government Initiatives and Environmental Decision Performance in Korea. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 18(1), 109-138.

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