Emerson S. Niou

Emerson S. Niou

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 273 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
Phone: 
(919) 660-4307
Office Hours: 
On leave 2018-2019
Specialties: 
Methods, Political Institutions, Security, Peace, Conflict

EMERSON M. S. NIOU (Ph.D., U. of Texas at Austin, 1987) is Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He is the author and coauthor of four books (1) The Balance of Power, Cambridge University Press, 1989; (2) Bean Voting, Renmin University Press, 2014, (3) Community Compacts in China, Chinese Society Press, 2014; and (4) Strategy and Politics: An Introduction to Game Theory, Rutledge, 2015. His recent publications include: (1) “Strategic Voting in Plurality Elections,” with Daniel Kselman, Political Analysis, 2010; (2) “Protest Voting: A Theory of Voter Signaling,” with Daniel Kselman, Public Choice, 2011; (3) “Measuring Preferences for Divided Government: Some Americans Want Divided Government and Vote to Create It.” with Dean Lacy, Philip Paolino, and Robert A. Rein, Political Behavior, December:1-25, 2017; and (4) “External Threat, Internal Rivalry, and Alliance Formation” with Sean Zeigler, Journal of Politics, 2018. His current projects include studies of institutions and governance, theories of voting, and politics of alliance formation.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 1987

Niou, E., and P. Ordeshook. Strategy and Politics. Routledge, 2015.

Niou, Emerson. Bean Voting: The History and Politics of Secret Ballot (in Chinese). People’s University Press, 2014.

Niou, Emerson. An Introduction to Community Compacts in China (in Chinese). Chinese Society Press, 2014.

Niou, E. An Introduction to Community Compacts in China (in Chinese). Chinese Society Press, 2005.

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. The Balance of Power: Stability in International Systems. Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Niou, E. M. S. “On local governance in China: From feudalism, centralized bureaucracy, to self-governance.” Confucian Culture and Democracy, 2014, pp. 225–46. Scopus, doi:10.1142/9789814596398_0010. Full Text

Lacy, Dean, and Emerson Niou. “Nonseparable Preferences and Issue Packaging in Elections.” Advances in Political Economy: Instituions, Modeling, and Empirical Analysis, edited by Norman Schofield and Daniel Kselman, Springer, 2013.

Niou, Emerson. “The China Factor in Taiwan’s Electoral Politics.” Democratization in Taiwan: Challenges in Transformation, edited by Jim Meernik and Philip Paolino, Ashgate Publishing, 2008.

Niou, Emerson. “論如何培養自治的真精神 [On Cultivating the Spirit of Self-Governance].” Prospects of Grassroots Democracy in China, edited by Yong Xu and Zengyang Xu, 2007.

Niou, E. “Village Elections: Roots of Democratization in China.” How Asia Votes, edited by John Hsieh and David Newman, Chatham House, 2001.

Niou, E. “An Introduction to the Electoral Systems Used in Chinese Village Elections.” Contemporary China: Approaching the 21st Century, edited by James R. Lilley et al., University Press of Maryland, 1999.

Niou, E., and P. Ordeshook. “Designing Government for Coherent Domestic and Foreign Policy: Taiwan as a Test Case.” Consolidating The Third Wave Democracies: Themes and Perspectives, edited by Larry Diamond et al., Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. “Balance of Power versus Collective Security: A Game-Theoretic Analysis.” Strategic Stability in the Post-Cold War World and the Future of Nuclear Disarmament, edited by Jr Melvin L Best, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996.

Niou, E. “An Evaluation of the Republic of China’s Foreign Policy Alternatives.” The Permutation Across the Taiwan Straits, edited by T. J. Cheng et al., Lynn Reiner Press, 1994.

Niou, E., and P. C. Ordeshook. “The Prospects for a New International Order based on Collective Security.” Collective Security beyond the Cold War, edited by George W. Downs, University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Pages

Niou, E. M. S., and S. M. Zeigler. “External threat, internal rivalry, and alliance formation.” Journal of Politics, vol. 81, no. 2, Apr. 2019, pp. 571–84. Scopus, doi:10.1086/701724. Full Text

Lacy, D., et al. “Measuring Preferences for Divided Government: Some Americans Want Divided Government and Vote to Create It.” Political Behavior, vol. 41, no. 1, Mar. 2019, pp. 79–103. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11109-017-9442-4. Full Text

Hickey, D. V., and E. M. S. Niou. “Taiwan in 2016: A new era?.” Asian Survey, vol. 57, no. 1, Feb. 2017, pp. 111–18. Scopus, doi:10.1525/AS.2017.57.1.111. Full Text

Hickey, D. V., and E. Niou. “Taiwan in 2015: A turning point?.” Asian Survey, vol. 56, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 57–67. Scopus, doi:10.1525/AS.2016.56.1.57. Full Text

Lacy, Dean, and Emerosn Niou. Information and Issue Voting in Taiwan. 2013.

Song, Jianmin, and Emerson Niou. “日本地方财政的财源结构与地方自治的特征 [The Financial Politics of Local Self-Government in Japan].” Fudan University Political Science Review, vol. 13, 2013, pp. 172–95.

Lacy, D., and E. M. S. Niou. “Information and heterogeneity in issue voting: Evidence from the 2008 presidential election in Taiwan.” Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. 119–41. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1598240800007645. Full Text

Niou, E. “The China Factor in Taiwanese Politics.” Journal of Social Science, University of Tokyo, 2012.

Kselman, D., and E. Niou. “Protest voting in plurality elections: A theory of voter signaling.” Public Choice, vol. 148, no. 3–4, Sept. 2011, pp. 395–418. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-010-9661-2. Full Text

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Selected Grants

Enhancement of Taiwan Studies in the United States awarded by College of William and Mary (Principal Investigator). 2014

Taiwanese Public Opinion and Security Stability in the Taiwan Strait awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007

Conference on Cross-Strait Issues: Conflicting or Complementary approaches (October 2002) awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2003

(98-0058) The Roots of Democratization: Village Elections in China awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

(96-0066) A Theory of Alliances awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1997

(97-0036) Democratic Institutions in East Asia awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1997

(93-0081) Principles of Constitutional and International Stability awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995

(94-0641) Post-cold War Security Challenges in East Asia awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1994

(93-0976) Symposium on International Prosperity and Security in the 1990s awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994

(92-0493) An Analysis of the New World Order in an Anarchic International System awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992

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