Melanie Manion

Melanie Manion

Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor

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Political Economy, Political Institutions

Melanie Manion is Vor Broker Family Professor of Political Science at Duke University. She studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in the late 1970s, was trained in Far Eastern studies at McGill University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and earned her doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on contemporary authoritarianism, with empirical work on bureaucracy, corruption, information, and representation in China. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and American Council of Learned Societies. Her newest research investigates the political selection of “winners” in China’s ongoing anticorruption campaign. Recent research, in collaboration with Charles Chang, analyzes social media self-censorship in China. Her most recent book, Information for Autocrats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines representation in Chinese local congresses. Previous publications include Retirement of Revolutionaries in China (Princeton University Press, 1993), Corruption by Design (Harvard University Press, 2004), and Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (edited with Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, and Kenneth Lieberthal, Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her articles have appeared in journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and China Quarterly. She is an award-winning teacher.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1989

Manion, M. “The challenge of corruption.” China’s Challenges, 2014, pp. 125–38.

Manion, M. “Beyond enforcement: Anticorruption reform as a problem of institutional design.” Preventing Corruption in Asia: Institutional Design and Policy Capacity, 2012, pp. 1–11. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203879764. Full Text

Carlson, A., et al. Introduction. 2010, pp. 1–12. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511762512.001. Full Text

Shen, M., et al. “Measuring change and stability over a decade in the Beijing area study.” Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies, 2010, pp. 236–45. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511762512.017. Full Text

Manion, M. “A survey of survey research on Chinese politics: What have we learned?.” Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies, 2010, pp. 181–99. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511762512.014. Full Text

Manion, M. ““Good Types” in Authoritarian Elections: The Selectoral Connection in Chinese Local Congresses.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 50, no. 3, Mar. 2017, pp. 362–94. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414014537027. Full Text

Manion, M. “Introduction.” Economic and Political Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 1–2. Scopus, doi:10.1080/20954816.2016.1152677. Full Text

Manion, M. “Taking China’s anticorruption campaign seriously.” Economic and Political Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 3–18. Scopus, doi:10.1080/20954816.2016.1152094. Full Text

Manion, M. “Authoritarian parochialism: Local congressional representation in China.” China Quarterly, vol. 218, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 311–38. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0305741014000319. Full Text

Manion, M. “How to assess village elections in China.” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 18, no. 60, June 2009, pp. 379–83. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10670560902770214. Full Text

Manion, M. “An introduction to survey research on Chinese politics.” China Quarterly, no. 196, Dec. 2008, pp. 755–58. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0305741008001100. Full Text

Manion, M. “When communist party candidates can lose, who wins? Assessing the role of local people's congresses in the selection of leaders in China.” China Quarterly, no. 195, Sept. 2008, pp. 607–30. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0305741008000799. Full Text

Manion, M. “Democracy, community, trust: The impact of elections in rural China.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 39, no. 3, Apr. 2006, pp. 301–24. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414005280852. Full Text

Manion, M. “Chinese democratization in perspective: Electorates and selectorates at the township level.” China Quarterly, no. 163, Sept. 2000, pp. 764–82.

Manion, M. “Issues in Corruption Control in Post-Mao China.” Issues and Studies, vol. 34, no. 9, Jan. 1998, pp. 1–21.


Jackman, S., and M. Manion. “Politics after the digital revolution.” Ps  Political Science and Politics, vol. 46, no. 4, 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1049096513001455. Full Text

Selected Grants

Getting China Right Conference awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020