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Xin Sun

BA (Peking University), MA (Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing), PhD Northwestern
Political Economy, China

Xin Sun is a College Lecturer in the political economy of China at St Edmund Hall and Saïd Business School. He received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University in 2014, and was an assistant professor in political science at Trinity College Dublin prior to joining Oxford.

His research interests include comparative politics, political economy, Chinese politics, and research methodology. He is particularly interested in the interplay between formal and informal institutions in authoritarian regimes, and how the two jointly shape economic and policy outcomes. His current project focuses on land politics in China and analyzes how informal political practices affect property-rights institutions and a variety of land use and regulatory behaviors. In addition, he also works on topics including village elections and local governance in China. 

For more details, please visit his website at https://sites.google.com/site/xinsunshomepage/


Xin Sun, "Selective Enforcement of Land Regulations: Why Large-scale Violators Succeeded", The China Journal, No.74, July 2015

Xin Sun, Jiangnan Zhu and Yiping Wu, "Organizational Clientelism: An Analysis of Private Entrepreneur Delegates in Chinese Local Legislatures", Journal of East Asian Studies, 14(1), January 2014

Xin Sun, "Autocrats' Dilemma: The Dual Impacts of Village Elections on Public Opinion in China", The China Journal, No.71, January 2014

Xin Sun, Travis Warner, Dali Yang and Mingxing Liu, "Patterns of Authority and Governance in Rural China: Who's in Charge? Why?", Journal of Contemporary China, 22(2), September 2013

Fubing Su, Ran Tao, Xin Sun and Mingxing Liu, "Electoral Procedures, Mobilization, and Voter Turnout: Evidence from Villagers' Committee Elections in Transitional China", Political Studies, 59(2), June 2011

Ran Tao, Fubing Su, Xin Sun and Xi Lu, "Political Trust as Rational Belief: Evidence from Chinese Village Elections", Journal of Comparative Economics, 39(1), March 2011