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

Jensen, N. M., and E. J. Malesky. Incentives to pander: How politicians use corporate welfare for political gain. 2018, pp. 1–258. Scopus, doi:10.1017/9781108292337. Full Text

Stromseth, J. R., et al. China's governance puzzle: Enabling transparency and participation in a single-party state. 2017, pp. 1–326. Scopus, doi:10.1017/9781316388501. Full Text

Jensen, N. M., et al. Politics and foreign direct investment. 2012, pp. 1–211.

Malesky, E. J. “Manipulating elites.” Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals, 2015, pp. 217–26. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315694139. Full Text

McCulloch, N., and E. Malesky. “What determines the quality of subnational economic governance? Comparing Indonesia and Vietnam.” Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia, 2014, pp. 208–29.

Malesky, E. J. “Interest Group Politics.” Handbook of Safeguarding Global Financial Stability, 2013, pp. 59–68. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397875-2.00004-0. Full Text

Gehlbach, S., and E. J. Malesky. “The Grand Experiment that Wasn’t? New Institutional Economics and the Postcommunist Experience.” Economic Institutions, Rights, Growth, and Sustainability: The Legacy of Douglass North, edited by Sebastian Galiani and Itai Sened, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

MALESKY, E. J. “Political Economy of Financial Globalization: Globalization of Finance and Interest Group Politics.” The Encyclopedia of Financial Globalization, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Malesky, E. J. “Provincial Governance and Foreign Direct Investment in Vietnam.” Twenty Years of Foreign Investment in Vietnam, edited by Saigon Economic Times, Knowledge Publishing House, 2008.

Malesky, E. J. “The Vietnam War.” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited by William A. Darity, Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, pp. 612–17.

Malesky, E. J. “Push, Pull, and Reinforcing: The Channels of FDI Influence on Provincial Governance in Vietnam.” Beyond Hanoi: Local Governance in Vietnam, edited by Ben Kerkvliet and David Marr, nstitute for South East Asian Studies and NIAS Press, 2004, pp. 285–333.

Baccini, L., et al. “Globalization and state capitalism: Assessing Vietnam's accession to the WTO.” Journal of International Economics, vol. 119, July 2019, pp. 75–92. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jinteco.2019.02.004. Full Text Open Access Copy

Malesky, E., and M. Taussig. “Participation, government legitimacy, and regulatory compliance in emerging economies: A firm-level field experiment in Vietnam.” American Political Science Review, vol. 113, no. 2, May 2019, pp. 530–51. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0003055418000849. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gueorguiev, D. D., and E. J. Malesky. “Consultation and selective censorship in china.” Journal of Politics, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1086/704785. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bai, J., et al. “Firm growth and corruption: Empirical evidence from Vietnam.” Economic Journal, vol. 129, no. 618, Jan. 2019, pp. 651–77. Scopus, doi:10.1111/ecoj.12560. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jensen, Nathan M., and Edmund J. Malesky. “Nonstate Actors and Compliance with International Agreements: An Empirical Analysis of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.” International Organization, vol. 72, no. 01, Dec. 2018, pp. 33–69. Open Access Copy

Malesky, Edmund. “Researching Vietnamese Politics.” Journal of Vietnamese Studies, vol. 13, no. 3, University of California Press, Aug. 2018, pp. 127–62. Crossref, doi:10.1525/vs.2018.13.3.127. Full Text Open Access Copy

Malesky, E. J., and L. Mosley. “Chains of Love? Global Production and the Firm-Level Diffusion of Labor Standards.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 62, no. 3, July 2018, pp. 712–28. Scopus, doi:10.1111/ajps.12370. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jensen, N. M., and E. J. Malesky. “Nonstate Actors and Compliance with International Agreements: An Empirical Analysis of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.” International Organization, vol. 72, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 33–69. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0020818317000443. Full Text Open Access Copy

Malesky, Edmund J. “Radical Inequalities: China's Revolutionary Welfare State in Comparative Perspective.Perspectives on Politics, vol. 15, no. 4, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Dec. 2017, pp. 1178–80. Open Access Copy

Malesky, Edmund J. “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap.Perspectives on Politics, vol. 15, no. 4, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Dec. 2017, pp. 1178–80. Open Access Copy


Malesky, E. J. The Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index: Measuring Economic Governance for Private Sector Development. Vol. 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, Vietnam Competitiveness Initiative and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2012.

Selected Grants

Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG) awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

SBAR Cambodia SWAP awarded by Triangle Environmental (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Myanmar Social and Economic Governance Index (MYSEGI) awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

SEAREG awarded by (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

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