Victor Shih

Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations, Associate Professor of Political Science, GPS, UC San Diego

Victor Shih, a scholar of the political economy of China, holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. He has published widely on the politics of Chinese banking policies, fiscal policies and exchange rates and was the first analyst to identify the risk of massive local government debt. Shih previously worked as a principal for the Carlyle Group in its hedge fund arm in New York City. He is currently engaged in a study of how the coalition-formation strategies of the founding leaders had a profound impact on the evolution of the Chinese Communist Party. He is also constructing a large database on biographical information of elites in China to better understand the importance of networks in political decisionmaking.


GPS news article: "Confronting China elite and financial politics"

China Daily features Victor Shih: "Victor Shih: Student of China's inner workings"

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“Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation,” Cambridge University Press, 2008


“Guerilla Capitalism: Revolutionary Legacy, Political Cleavage, and the Preservation of the Private Economy in Zhejiang,” Journal of East Asian Studies

“Getting Ahead in the Communist Party: Explaining the Advancement of Central Committee Members in China,” with Chris Adolph and Mingxing Liu, American Political Science Review

“Interest Group Influence in Authoritarian States: The Political Determinants of Chinese Exchange Rate Policy,” with David Steinberg, Comparative Political Studies

“Dealing with Non-Performing Loans: Political Constraints and Financial Policies in China,” The China Quarterly