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) 660-4312
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. S Galiani and I Sened. 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. SE Times. Knowledge Publishing House, 2008.

Malesky, EJ. "The Vietnam War." International encyclopedia of the social sciences. Ed. WA Darity. 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. B Kerkvliet and D Marr. nstitute for South East Asian Studies and NIAS Press, 2004. 285-333.

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 2017): 163-180. Full Text

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 2016): 1667-1703. Full Text

Malesky, EJ. "Transfer Pricing and Global Poverty." International Studies Review 17.4 (December 2015): 669-677. Full Text

Malesky, E, McCulloch, N, and Nhat, ND. "The impact of governance and transparency on firm investment in Vietnam." Economics of Transition 23.4 (October 2015): 677-715. Full Text

Jensen, NM, Malesky, EJ, and Walsh, M. "Competing for global capital or local voters? The politics of business location incentives." Public Choice 164.3-4 (September 2015): 331-356. Full Text

Malesky, EJ, Gueorguiev, DD, and Jensen, NM. "Monopoly Money: Foreign Investment and Bribery in Vietnam, a Survey Experiment." American Journal of Political Science 59.2 (February 2015): 419-439. Full Text

Malesky, E, and Morris-Jung, J. "Vietnam in 2014: Uncertainty and opportunity in the wake of the HS-981 crisis." Asian Survey 55.1 (January 1, 2015): 165-173. Full Text

Jensen, NM, Malesky, E, Medina, M, and Ozdemir, U. "Pass the Bucks: Credit, Blame, and the Global Competition for Investment." International Studies Quarterly 58.3 (September 2014): 433-447. Full Text

Malesky, E, and London, J. "The Political Economy of Development in China and Vietnam." Annual Review of Political Science 17.1 (May 11, 2014): 395-419. Full Text


Selected Grants

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

SEAREG awarded by Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

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