Shui Yan Tang
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Global MPP Course: Comparative Institutions and Policy Context
Phone: +1 (213) 740-0379
Expertise: Environmental policy, organizational commitment, institutional analysis, microcredit, common-pool resources.
Shui Yan Tang’s research focuses on institutional analysis and design, common-pool resource governance, environmental politics and policy, collaborative governance, and governance reform. He is the author of Institutions and Collective Action: Self-Governance in Irrigation (ICS Press, 1992) and Ten Principles for a Rule-ordered Society: Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity (China Economic Publishing House, 2012). He has published in numerous journals, including Comparative Politics, Economic Development Quarterly, Environment and Planning A, Governance, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Land Economics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Administration Review, The China Quarterly, and World Development. Professor Tang was associate editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.


  • Liu, N., Tang, S. Y., Zhan, X., & Lo, C. W. H., Political Commitment, Policy Ambiguity, and Corporate Environmental Practices; Policy Studies Journal; Forthcoming.
  • Li, H., Lo, C. W. H., & Tang, S. Y., Nonprofit Policy Advocacy under Authoritarianism; Public Administration Review; Forthcoming.
  • Zhan, X., & Tang, S. Y., Understanding the Implications of Government Ties for Nonprofit Operations and Functions; Public Administration Review, 76(4): 589-600; 2016.
  • Liu, N., Tang, S. Y., Lo, C. W. H., & Zhan, X., Stakeholder Demands and Corporate Environmental Coping Strategies in China; Journal of Environmental Management, 165(1):140-149; 2016.
  • Yee, W. H., Tang, S. Y., & Lo, C. W. H., Regulatory Compliance When the Rule of Law is Weak: Evidence from China’s Environmental Reform; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 26(1):95-112; 2016.
  • Liu, N., Tang, S. Y., Zhan, X., & Lo, C. W. H., Political Commitment, Policy Ambiguity, and Corporate Environmental Practices; Policy Studies Journal, first published online: 30 SEP 2015 DOI: 10.1111/psj.12130; 2015.
  • Tang, S. Y., Li, P. H., Fryxell, G., & Lo, C. W. H., Enterprise-Level Motivations, Corporate Environmental Management in Guangzhou, China; Environmental Management, 56(3):777-90. doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0527-8; 2015.
  • Tang, C. P., & Tang, S. Y., Managing Incentive Dynamics for Collaborative Governance in Land and Ecological Conservation; Public Administration Review, 74(2): 220-231; 2014.
  • Zhan, X., Lo, C. W. H., & Tang, S. Y., Contextual Changes and Environmental Policy Implementation: A Longitudinal Study of Street-Level Bureaucrats in Guangzhou, China; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24(4): 1005-1035; 2014.
  • Tang, S. Y., Rubio-Cortes, G., Callahan, R., Pisano, M., & McGrath, M., Key Findings on Fiscal Sustainability for Local Governments in Southern California,; National Civic Review, 103(3): 3-13; 2014.
  • Tang, S. Y., Callahan, R. F., & Pisano, M., Using Common-Pool Resource Principles to Design Local Government Fiscal Sustainability; Public Administration Review, 74(6): 791-803; 2014.
  • Lo, C. W. H., & Tang, S. Y., Institutions, Regulatory Styles, Society, and Environmental Governance in China; Oxford: Routledge; 2014.
  • Zhan, X., & Tang, S. Y., Political Opportunities, Resource Constraints, and Policy Advocacy: A Longitudinal Study of Environmental NGOs in China; Public Administration, 91(2). DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.02011.x; 2013.
  • Tang, S. Y., Zhan, X., & Bao, J., Towards a Rule-ordered Society: A Research and Practical Framework for Public Governance Transition in China; Fudan Public Administration Review(In Chinese); 2013.
  • Yee, W.-H., Lo, C. W. H., & Tang, S. Y., Assessing Ecological Modernization in China: Stakeholder Demands and Corporate Environmental Management Practices; The China Quarterly, 213:101-129, March; 2013.
  • Francesch-Huidoboro, M., Lo, C. W. H., & Tang, S. Y., The Local Environmental Regulatory Regime in China: Changes in Pro-Environment Orientation, Institutional Capacity, and Political Support; Environment and Planning,A44(10), 2493-2500; 2012.
  • Tang, S. Y., Ten Principles for a Rule-Ordered Society: Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity; Beijing: China Economics Publishing House (in both English and Chinese); 2012.
  • Tang, S. Y., Zhan, X., & Bao, J., Towards a Rule-Ordered Society: A Research and Practical Framework for Public Governance Transition in China; Fudan Public Administration Review(in Chinese); 2012.
  • Tang, S. Y., Enhancing China’s Governing Capacity: Ten Principles for a Rule-Ordered Society; Beijing: China Economic Publishing House, (in both English and Chinese); 2012.
  • Ju, C. B., & Tang, S. Y., External Legitimacy, Goal Congruence, and Collective Resistance: Environmental NGOs and Land Use Politics in South Korea; Urban Studies, 48(4), 811-825; 2011.
  • Tang, C. P., Tang, S. Y., & Chiu, C. Y., Inclusion, Identity, and Environmental Justice in New Democracies: The Politics of Pollution Remediation in Taiwan; Comparative Politics,333-350; 2011.
  • Lo, C. W. H., Fryxell, G., & Tang, S. Y., Stakeholder Pressures from Perceived Environmental Impacts and the Effect on Corporate Management Programs in China; Environmental Politics, 19(6), 888-909; 2010.
  • Tang, S. Y., Lo, C. W. H., & Fryxell, G., Governance Reform, External Support, and Environmental Regulation Enforcement in Rural China: The Case of Guangdong Province; Journal of Environmental Management, 91(10), 2008-2018; 2010.
  • Ju, C. B., & Tang, S. Y., Political Contestation and the Developmental Trajectories of Environmental NGOs in South Korea; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; 2010.
  • Tang, C. P. , & Tang, S. Y., Institutional Adaptation and Community-based Conservation of Natural Resources: The Cases of the Tao and Atayal in Taiwan; Human Ecology, 38(1), 101-111; 2010.
  • Tang, S. Y., & Lo, C. W. H., The Political Economy of Service Organization Reform in China: An institutional Choice Perspective; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19(4), 731-767; 2009.
  • Jung, Y. D., Mazmanian, D. A., & Tang, S. Y., Collaborative Governance in the United States and Korea: Cases in Negotiated Policymaking and Service Delivery, An Introduction; International Review of Public Administration, 13 (Special Issue), 1-11; 2009.
  • Delfin, Jr., F., & Tang, S. Y., Foundation Impact on Environmental NGOs: The Grantees’ Perspective; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; 2008.
  • Tang, S. Y., & Lim, J. H., Urban E-government Initiatives and Environmental Decision Performance in Korea; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 18(1), 109-138; 2008.
  • Tang, S. Y., & Buchan, S. A., Public Administration in Action: Preparing Professionals and the MPA Lab at USC; Journal of Public Affairs Education, 14(3), 383-397; 2008.
  • Tang, S. Y., & Zhan, X., Civic Environmental NGOs, Civil Society, and Democratisation in China; Journal of Development Studies, 44(3), 425-448; 2008.
  • Tang, S. Y., & Delfin, Jr., F., Elitism, Pluralism, or Resource Dependency: Patterns of Environmental Philanthropy among Private Foundations in California; Environment and Planning , A39(9), 2167-2186; 2007.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Robertson, P. J., & Lo, C. W. H., Money, Mission or Match: Antecedents of Commitment Among Public Employees in China; Administration and Society, 39(1), 3-24; 2007.
  • Tang, S. Y., & Delfin, Jr., F., Strategic Philanthropy, Land Conservation Governance, and The Packard Foundation’s Conserving California Landscape Initiative; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 35(3), 405-429; 2006.
  • Tang, S.Y., & Tang, C. P., Democratization and Capacity Building for Environmental Governance: Managing Land-subsidence in Taiwan; Environment and Planning A, 38(6), 1131-1141; 2006.
  • Tang, S.Y., & Lo, C. W. H., Institutional Reform, Economic Changes, and Local Environmental Management in China: The Case of Guangdong Province; Environmental Politics, 15(2), 190-211; 2006.
  • Greenwald, H.P., with McCorkle, R., & Tang, S. T., Factors Related to Depressive Symptoms Among Long-Term Survivors of Cervical Cancer; Health Care for Women International. 27, 45-58; 2006.
  • Tang, S.Y., [Review of Environmental Regulation in China: Institutions, enforcements, and compliance by X. Ma and L. Ortolano]; Lanham, MD: Wowman & Littlefield, 209 pp.; 2000.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Tang, C. P., Democratizing Bureaucracy: The Political Economy of Environmental Impact Assessment and Air Pollution Fees; Comparative Politics, 33(1), 81-99; 2000.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Tang, C. P., Democratization and the Environment: Entrepreneurial Politics and Interest Representation in Taiwan; The China Quarterly, 157, 350-366; 1999.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Kwon, S., Reinventing Government: A Critique from an Institutional Perspective; International Journal of Public Administration, 21(10), 1449-1471; 1998.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Prakash, V., & Tang, C. P., Local Enforcement of Pollution Control in Developing Countries: A Comparison of Guangzhou, Delhi, and Taipei; Journal of Public Policy, 18(3), 265-283; 1998.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Bhatt, N., The Problem of Transaction Costs in Group-Based Microlending: An Institutional Perspective; World Development, 26(4), 623-637; 1998.
  • Tang, S. Y., with Bhatt, N., Group-Based Micro Finance and Economic Development; in K.T. Liou (Ed.), Handbook of Economic Development, 115-138. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker; 1998.