Birney, Mayling


Dr Mayling Birney  

Department

Position held

Department of International Development

Assistant Professor

Department of Government

Affiliate

Experience keywords:

village elections; survey research; local-national relations; development; politics of China; governance; rule of law

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Mayling Birney is a comparative political scientist with a special expertise in China. She is currently finishing a book that explains the benefits and drawbacks of China's system of governing, which she calls a "rule of mandates." She argues that this governing system helps achieve national priorities and short-term stability, but may endanger efforts to build rule of law, political reforms, and longer-term stability. She is also an expert on village elections, local politics, and original survey research in China.

From 2007-2010, Dr Birney was at Princeton University, where she was jointly appointed as the Wilson-Cotsen Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and a Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School, and taught courses on Chinese politics and comparative regime change and stability. In 2006-2007, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a leading think tank in Washington D.C. In an earlier part of her career, Dr Birney also explored democratic politics in the United States from various angles, including through professional work as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University, an MSc in economics from LSE, and a BA from Harvard University.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

ConsultancyLawPolicy and Regulatory BodiesPublic Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

China

Languages:

Chinese [Spoken: Fluent]

Media experience:

TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7455

Publications

LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search

2014

Birney, Mayling (2014) Decentralization and veiled corruption under China’s rule of mandates World Development, 53. 55-67. ISSN 0305-750X

2013

Birney, Mayling (2013) Decentralization and veiled corruption under China's "rule of mandates" World Development, 53. 55-67. ISSN 0305-750X

2011

Birney, Mayling and Shapiro, Ian and Graetz, Michael (2011) The political uses of public opinion: lessons from the estate tax repeal In: Shapiro, Ian, (ed.) The Real World of Democratic Theory . Princeton University Press, Oxford, UK, 180-218. ISBN 9780691090009


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Awards

Brookings Institution Research Fellow (2006-7)

 

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