Edmund Malesky

Edmund Malesky

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 221 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4340
Methods, Political Economy, Political Institutions

Malesky is a specialist on Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. Currently, Malesky's research agenda is very much at the intersection of Comparative and International Political Economy, falling into three major categories: 1) Authoritarian political institutions and their consequences; 2) The political influence of foreign direct investment and multinational corporations; and 3) Political institutions, private business development, and formalization.


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2004

Stromseth, JR, Malesky, EJ, Gueorguiev, DD, Hairong, L, Xixin, W, and Brinton, C. China's governance puzzle: Enabling transparency and participation in a single-party state. February 27, 2017. Full Text

Jensen, NM, Biglaiser, G, Li, Q, Malesky, E, Pinto, PM, Pinto, SM, and Staats, JL. Politics and foreign direct investment. December 1, 2012.

Malesky, EJ. "Manipulating elites." Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals. December 22, 2015. 217-226. Full Text

McCulloch, N, and Malesky, E. "What determines the quality of subnational economic governance? Comparing Indonesia and Vietnam." Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia. January 1, 2014. 208-229.

Abrami, RM, Malesky, EJ, and Zheng, Y. "Vietnam Through Chinese Eyes: Divergent Accountability in Single-Party Regimes." September 30, 2013.

Malesky, EJ. "Interest Group Politics." Handbook of Safeguarding Global Financial Stability. August 29, 2013. 59-68. Full Text

Gehlbach, S, and Malesky, EJ. "The Grand Experiment that Wasn’t? New Institutional Economics and the Postcommunist Experience." Economic Institutions, Rights, Growth, and Sustainability: the Legacy of Douglass North. Ed. Galiani, S and Sened, I.: Cambridge University Press. 2013.

MALESKY, EJ. "Political Economy of Financial Globalization: Globalization of Finance and Interest Group Politics." The Encyclopedia of Financial Globalization. Oxford.: Oxford University Press. 2010.

Malesky, EJ. "Provincial Governance and Foreign Direct Investment in Vietnam." Twenty Years of Foreign Investment in Vietnam. Ed. Times, SE.: Knowledge Publishing House. 2008.

Malesky, EJ. "The Vietnam War." International encyclopedia of the social sciences. Ed. Darity, WA.: Macmillan Reference USA. 2008. 612-617.

Malesky, EJ. "Push, Pull, and Reinforcing: The Channels of FDI Influence on Provincial Governance in Vietnam." Beyond Hanoi: Local Governance in Vietnam. Ed. Kerkvliet, B and Marr, D.: nstitute for South East Asian Studies and NIAS Press. 2004. 285-333.

Malesky, E. "Researching Vietnamese Politics." Journal of Vietnamese Studies 13.3 (August 2018): 127-162. Full Text Open Access Copy

Malesky, EJ, and Mosley, L. "Chains of Love? Global Production and the Firm-Level Diffusion of Labor Standards." American Journal of Political Science 62.3 (July 1, 2018): 712-728. Full Text Open Access Copy

Malesky, EJ. "Radical Inequalities: China's Revolutionary Welfare State in Comparative Perspective." Perspectives on Politics 15.4 (December 1, 2017): 1178-1180. (Review) Open Access Copy

Malesky, EJ. "How China Escaped the Poverty Trap." Perspectives on Politics 15.4 (December 1, 2017): 1178-1180. (Review) Open Access Copy

Malesky, E, and Taussig, M. "The danger of not listening to firms: Government responsiveness and the goal of regulatory compliance." Academy of Management Journal 60.5 (October 1, 2017): 1741-1770. Full Text Open Access Copy

Baccini, L, Impullitti, G, and Malesky, EJ. "Globalization and State Capitalism: Assessing Vietnam's Accession to the WTO." Cesifo Working Paper Series 6618 (August 28, 2017). Open Access Copy

Becker, J, and Malesky, E. "The continent or the "grand large"? Strategic culture and operational burden-sharing in NATO." International Studies Quarterly 61.1 (March 1, 2017): 163-180. Full Text Open Access Copy

Findley, MG, Jensen, NM, Malesky, EJ, and Pepinsky, TB. "Can Results-Free Review Reduce Publication Bias? The Results and Implications of a Pilot Study." Comparative Political Studies 49.13 (November 1, 2016): 1667-1703. Full Text Open Access Copy


Selected Grants

SEAREG awarded by Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Doctoral Dissertation Research - Behavioral Traits and Political Selection in Authoritarian Ruling Parties awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Myanmar Social and Economic Governance Index (MYSEGI) awarded by Asia Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

"Participation and Regulatory Compliance in Vietnam: A Field Experiment" awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015