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Ran, Ran 冉冉

Postdoctoral Fellow, US-China Institute, 2009-2010

University of Southern California 
Dr. Ran Ran was a postdoctoral fellow of US-China Institute (2009-2010) at USC. She is currently an associate professor of political science at Renmin University of China. Dr. Ran’s research interests include comparative environmental politics, public policy analysis, and decentralization and local governance in China. She completed her Ph. D with summa cum laude in political science at Duisburg-Essen University, Germany in July 2009. Her dissertation titled “Environmental Politics at Local Levels in China: Explaining Policies Implementation Gap and Assessing the Implications”. During her postdoc fellowship, Ran worked on local environmental politics, developed her dissertation into two publishable journal articles, and improved the dissertation into a book by examining more closely how environment-related policy-making and local levels implementation patterns paradoxically strengthen the central government's legitimacy, then further to explain why and how legitimacy gap (The high legitimacy of central government and low legitimacy of local government) are constructed and what’s its implication for authoritarian resilience by using environmental politics as an example.


  • “Environmental Politics at Local Levels in China: Explaining Policy Implementation Gap and Assessing the Implications”, Department of Political Science, Duisburg-Essen University, Germany.

Journal Article (Selected):

  • “Understanding Blame Politics in China’s Decentralized System of Environmental Governance: Actors, Strategies and Context”, China Quarterly , Vol.231, 2017. 
  • “Deliberative Democracy and the “Giddens Paradox” of Global Climate Change Governance”, Contemporary World and Socialism, No.4, 2016, (in Chinese). 
  • “Environmental Governance and Democratic Transition: The Environmental Movement in Soviet Union and East European Communist Countries”, Journal of Theoretical Trends, No.4, 2015, (in Chinese). 
  • “The Supervision Mechanism of Environmental Governance: From the perspective of Local People’s Congress and CPPCC”, New Horizon, No.3, 2015 (in Chinese). 
  • “Moral incentive, Party Disciplining and the Local Environmental Policy Implementation Gap”, Comparative Economic &Social Systems, No.2, 2015 (in Chinese).
  • “Regional Restriction on Environmental Impact Assessment Approval in China: The Legitimacy of Environmental Authoritarianism”, Journal of Cleaner Production, No.92, 2015 (with Xiao Zhu, Lei Zhang and Arthur Mol). 
  • “The Policy Characteristics of Environmental Policies Framework and Implementation Gap in China’s Environmental Politics”, Teaching and Research, No.5, 2014 (in Chinese). 
  • “Regime Type and Environmental Governance Performance”, Journal of Theoretical Trends, No. 5, 2014 (in Chinese). 
  • “Perverse Incentive Structure and Policy Implementation Gap in China’s Local Environmental Politics”, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 2013, 15:1. 
  • “Political Incentives and Local Environmental Governance under a ‘Pressurized System’”, Comparative Economic &Social Systems, No.3, 2013 (in Chinese).

Book Chapter

  • “Political Framing and the Paradox of Centralization and Decentralization in China’s Environmental Politics”, In Cao Rongxiang eds, Ecological Governance. Beijing: Central Compilation & Translation Press, 2015 (in Chinese ). 
  • “Perverse Incentive Structure and Policy Implementation Gap in China’s Local Environmental Politics”, In Genia Kostka and Arthur Mol eds, Local Environmental Politics in China: Challenges and Innovations. London: Routledge, 2014. 
  • “Government Innovation in the Framework of Sustainable Development”, In Yu Keping eds, China Governmental Innovation Blue Book 2009. Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2009 (in Chinese ). 
  • “Ecological Good Governance: the Role of Local Governments in the Ecological Civilization Construction”, in Wu Fengzhang eds, Ecological Civilization Construction: Theories and Practices. Beijing: Central Compilation & Translation Press, 2008 (in Chinese).