Kevin J. O'Brien

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

210 Barrows Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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1.

Path to Democracy? Assessing Village Elections in China

Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 18, No. 60, pp. 359-78, June 2009
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 24 Feb 2008 Last Revised: 31 May 2012
Kevin J. O'Brien and Rongbin Han
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and University of Georgia
Downloads 695 (20,119)

Abstract:

China, elections, rural, village

2.

Suing the Local State: Administrative Litigation in Rural China

China Journal, No. 51, pp. 76-96, January 2004
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 04 Mar 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 460 (44,781)

Abstract:

China, law, administration litigation, rural, courts

3.

Selective Policy Implementation in Rural China

Comparative Politics, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 167-86, January 1999
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 14 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 447 (45,889)

Abstract:

China, rural, implementation, cadre responsibility system, rightful resistance

4.

Law and Society in the People's Republic of China

ENGAGING THE LAW IN CHINA: STATE, SOCIETY, AND POSSIBILITIES FOR JUSTICE, Neil J. Diamant, Stanley B. Lubman, Kevin J. O'Brien, eds., pp. 3-27, Stanford University Press, 2005
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 02 Apr 2008
Neil J Diamant, Stanley Lubman and Kevin J. O'Brien
Dickinson College, School of Law (Boalt Hall) University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 436 (44,781)
Citation 3

Abstract:

China, law, legal mobilization, legal culture, law and society, disputing pyramid

5.

Studying Contention in Contemporary China

POPULAR PROTEST IN CHINA, Kevin J. O'Brien, ed., pp. 11-25, 219-25, Harvard University Press, 2008
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 13 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 31 May 2012
Kevin J. O'Brien and Rachel E. Stern
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and University of California, Berkeley - Department of Jurisprudence & Social Policy
Downloads 393 (49,662)

Abstract:

China, protest, contention, social movements, collective action, opportunities, framing, mobilizing structures

Relational Repression in China: Using Social Ties to Demobilize Protesters

China Quarterly, No. 215 (September 2013), pp. 533-52
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 02 Jun 2012 Last Revised: 02 Oct 2013
Yanhua Deng and Kevin J. O'Brien
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 250 (94,505)

Abstract:

protest control, soft repression, policing, work teams, thought work, social networks, China

Relational Repression in China: Using Social Ties to Demobilize Protesters

The China Quarterly, No. 215 (September 2013), pp. 533-52, APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 01 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 19 Jan 2014
Yanhua Deng and Kevin J. O'Brien
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 37 (356,274)

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7.

Politics at the Boundary: Mixed Signals and the Chinese State

Modern China, Vol, 38, No. 2, March 2012, pp. 174-98
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 12 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 02 Oct 2013
Rachel E. Stern and Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Jurisprudence & Social Policy and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 250 (94,973)
Citation 4

Abstract:

state, state-society relations, signals, uncertainty, ambivalence, lawyers, journalists, NGOs

8.

Accommodating 'Democracy' in a One-Party State: Introducing Village Elections in China

China Quarterly, No. 162, pp. 465-89, June 2000
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 14 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 246 (92,634)

Abstract:

China, elections, village committees, democracy, rural

9.

Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization

Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 20, No. 71, pp. 535-541, September 2011
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 27 Feb 2010 Last Revised: 25 Aug 2011
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 221 (99,980)
Citation 1

Abstract:

China, Politics, Area Studies, Disciplinary Debates, Specialization

10.

Protest Leadership in Rural China

China Quarterly, No. 193, pp. 1-23, March 2008
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 09 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 06 Apr 2009
Lianjiang Li and Kevin J. O'Brien
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 202 (108,235)
Citation 3

Abstract:

China, protest, contention, rural, radical flank effect

11.

Local People's Congresses and Governing China

China Journal, No. 61, pp. 131-141, January 2009
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 01 Dec 2008 Last Revised: 31 May 2012
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 190 (117,670)

Abstract:

China, people's congresses, lawmaking, oversight, representation, legislatures, institutionalization, governance

12.

Rightful Resistance Revisited

Journal of Peasant Studies Vol. 40, No. 6 (2013), Forthcoming
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 20 Nov 2012 Last Revised: 21 Jul 2013
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 188 (112,284)

Abstract:

protest, contention, China, rightful resistance, rights consciousness, everyday resistance, proactive, reactive

13.

Villagers, Elections, and Citizenship in Contemporary China

Modern China, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 407-435, October 2001
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 148 (147,828)

Abstract:

China, elections, village committees, people's congresses, citizenship

14.

Discovery, Research (Re)Design, and Theory Building

DOING FIELDWORK IN CHINA, Maria Heimer and Stig Thogersen, eds., pp. 27-41, University of Hawaii Press, 2006
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 16 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 06 Apr 2009
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 146 (145,466)

Abstract:

research methods, interviewing, grounded theory, concepts, soaking and poking, generalization, area studies, China

15.

Understanding China's Grassroots Elections

GRASSROOTS ELECTIONS IN CHINA, Kevin J. O'Brien and Suisheng Zhao, eds., pp. xi-xvi, Routledge, 2010
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 29 May 2010 Last Revised: 15 Aug 2011
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 144 (150,318)

Abstract:

local elections, voting, China, political reform, regime change

16.

Rural Protest

Journal of Democracy, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 25-28, July 2009
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 17 Feb 2009 Last Revised: 13 Jul 2009
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 139 (158,295)

Abstract:

China, protest, opportunity, leadership, violence, contention, political change, rural

17.

Petitioning Beijing: The High Tide of 2003-2006

China Quarterly, No. 210 (June 2012), pp. 313-34
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 28 Dec 2011 Last Revised: 02 Oct 2013
Lianjiang Li, Mingxing Liu and Kevin J. O'Brien
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science, Peking University - School of Government and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 125 (163,871)
Citation 3

Abstract:

petitioning, protest, repression, leadership change, social stability

18.

Chinese People's Congresses and Legislative Embeddedness: Understanding Early Organizational Development

Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 80-107, April 1994
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 04 Mar 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 123 (173,757)

Abstract:

China, local people's congress, embeddedness, legislatures

19.

The Struggle Over Village Elections

THE PARADOX OF CHINA'S POST-MAO REFORMS, Merle Goldman, Roderick MacFarquhar, eds., Harvard University Press, 1999
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 28 Dec 2011 Last Revised: 13 Feb 2012
Lianjiang Li and Kevin J. O'Brien
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 122 (167,715)
Citation 6

Abstract:

village election, political reform

20.

Villagers and Popular Resistance in Contemporary China

Modern China, Vol. 22, No. 1, January 1996
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 13 Apr 2008
Lianjiang Li and Kevin J. O'Brien
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 118 (170,665)
Citation 14

Abstract:

China, protest, rural, contention

21.

The Politics of Lodging Complaints in Rural China

China Quarterly, No. 143, pp. 756-83 September 1995
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 14 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 114 (180,335)
Citation 1

Abstract:

China, protest, contention, letters and visits, petitioning, conflict

Repression Backfires: Tactical Radicalization and Protest Spectacle in Rural China

APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 27 Jun 2014
Kevin J. O'Brien and Yanhua Deng
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration
Downloads 62 (282,565)

Abstract:

China, protest, repression, policing, environmental politics

Repression Backfires: Tactical Radicalization and Protest Spectacle in Rural China

Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 24, No. 93 (May 2015), pp. 457-70
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 16 Dec 2013 Last Revised: 16 May 2015
Kevin J. O'Brien and Yanhua Deng
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration
Downloads 51 (311,346)

Abstract:

protest, policing, tactics, spectacle, Zhejiang, contention, environment, activism, China

23.

Collective Action in the Chinese Countryside

China Journal, No. 48, pp. 139-154, July 2002
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 12 May 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 113 (183,765)

Abstract:

China, protest, outcomes, contention, rural, repertoires, leadership

24.

Rightful Resistance

World Politics, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 31-55, October 1996
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 28 Feb 2008 Last Revised: 02 Oct 2013
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 113 (149,483)

Abstract:

protest, rightful resistance, China

25.

Attraction Without Networks: Recruiting Strangers to Unregistered Protestantism in China

Mobilization, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 79-94, March 2007
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Carsten T. Vala and Kevin J. O'Brien
Loyola University Maryland and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 103 (194,728)
Citation 2

Abstract:

China, religion, recruitment, social movements

26.

China's National People's Congress: Reform and its Limits

Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 343-74, August 1988
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 18 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 102 (192,188)

Abstract:

China, legislatures, National People's Congress, elections, committees, size, bicameral

27.

Chinese Political Reform and the Question of 'Deputy Quality'

China Information, Vol. 8, No. 3 , pp. 20-31, Winter 1993-1994
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 14 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 101 (192,188)

Abstract:

China, local people's congress, legislatures, elections

28.

How Authoritarian Rule Works

Modern China, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 79-86, January 2010
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 24 Dec 2009 Last Revised: 11 Jan 2010
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 100 (194,728)

Abstract:

implementation, cadre responsibility system, goal displacement, collusion, constitution, people’s congress, democratic centralism, Hong Kong Basic Law

29.

Improving Election Procedures and Practices in China: Some Modest Proposals

Number of pages: 15 Posted: 09 Jul 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 95 (201,348)

Abstract:

China, elections, procedures, Yunnan, people's congresses, village committees

30.

Popular Contention and its Impact in Rural China

Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 235-259, April 2005
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 89 (217,150)

Abstract:

China, protest, outcomes, contention, rural

31.

Implementing Political Reform in China's Villages

Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs, No. 32, pp. 33-59, July 1994
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 18 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 86 (221,852)

Abstract:

China, village committees, elections, implementation

32.

Neither Transgressive Nor Contained: Boundary-Spanning Contention in China

Mobilization, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 51-64, February 2003
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 73 (240,122)

Abstract:

China, protest, claims, rural, contention

33.

China's Unhappy Police

Asian Survey, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 225-42, 2016
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 11 Feb 2015 Last Revised: 06 May 2016
Suzanne E. Scoggins and Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 69 (89,629)

Abstract:

Police Frustration, Street-Level Bureaucrats, Ministry of Public Security, Police Reform, Stability Maintenance, China

34.

Is China's National People's Congress a 'Conservative' Legislature?

Asian Survey, Vol. 30, No. 8, pp. 782-794, August 1990
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 18 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 68 (228,140)

Abstract:

China, National People's Congress, legislatures, lawmaking

35.

China's Contentious Pensioners

China Quarterly, No. 170, pp. 345-60, June 2002
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 04 Mar 2008
William Hurst and Kevin J. O'Brien
Northwestern University - Department of Political Science and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 66 (257,413)
Citation 11

Abstract:

China, protest, contention, pensions, biographical availability

36.

Agents and Remonstrators: Role Accumulation by Chinese People's Congress Deputies

China Quarterly, No. 138, pp. 359-80, June 1994
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 18 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 61 (267,784)

Abstract:

China, legislature, local people's congress, representation, role theory, role accumulation

37.

Legislative Development and Chinese Political Change

Studies in Comparative Communism, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 57-75, Spring 1989
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 04 Mar 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 59 (278,987)

Abstract:

China, National People's Congress, legislatures, lawmaking, oversight, representation

38.

Institutionalizing Chinese Legislatures: Trade-Offs between Autonomy and Capacity

Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 91-108, February 1998
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 17 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Laura M. Luerhrmann
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and Wright State University - Department of Political Science
Downloads 53 (293,472)

Abstract:

China, legislature, local people's congress, institutionalization, representation

39.

Campaign Nostalgia in the Chinese Countryside

Asian Survey, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 375-93, April-May 1999
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 14 Apr 2008 Last Revised: 17 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien and Lianjiang Li
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Social Science
Downloads 45 (309,240)

Abstract:

China, rural, implementation, mass campaigns, nostalgia, corruption

40.

Societies of Senior Citizens and Popular Protest in Rural Zhejiang

China Journal, No. 71, January 2014, 172-88
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 15 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 16 May 2015
Yanhua Deng and Kevin J. O'Brien
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 44 (293,472)

Abstract:

protest, mobilization, China, elderly, outcomes, pollution

41.

Rural Politics in Contemporary China

Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 40, No. 6, 2013, 915-928
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 22 Jan 2014
Emily T. Yeh, Kevin J. O'Brien and Jingzhong Ye
University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and China Agricultural University
Downloads 40 (283,688)

Abstract:

China, rural politics, rural-urban linkages, neoliberalism, environment, methodology

42.

Hunting for Political Change

China Journal, No. 41, pp. 159-169, January 1999
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 12 May 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 38 (338,840)

Abstract:

China, National People's Congress, legislatures, lawmaking, political participation

43.

Veterans' Political Activism in China

Modern China, Vol. 41, No. 3 (May 2015), pp. 278-312
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 15 Nov 2013 Last Revised: 16 May 2015
Neil J Diamant and Kevin J. O'Brien
Dickinson College and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 30 (352,213)

Abstract:

veterans, People's Liberation Army, repression, protest, disability, pension, Vietnam War

44.

The Society of Senior Citizens and Popular Protest in Rural Zhejiang

APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, Forthcoming in The China Journal, No. 71 (January 2014), American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 01 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 15 Feb 2014
Yanhua Deng and Kevin J. O'Brien
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration and University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 27 (352,213)

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45.

Bargaining Success of Chinese Factories

China Quarterly, No. 132, pp. 1086-1100, December 1992
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 18 Apr 2008
Kevin J. O'Brien
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science
Downloads 24 (391,704)

Abstract:

China, factories, soft budget constraint, Hungary, state-owned enterprises

46.

The Reach of the State: Work Units, Family Ties and 'Harmonious Demolition'

The China Journal, No. 74 (July 2015), pp. 1-17
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 03 Dec 2014 Last Revised: 17 Jun 2015
Kevin J. O'Brien and Yanhua Deng
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics - School of Public Administration
Downloads 23 (274,463)

Abstract:

China, land, expropriation, demolition, work units, social ties

47.

Contentious Veterans: China's Retired Officers Speak Out

Armed Forces and Society, Vol. 41, No. 3 (July 2015), pp. 563-81
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 15 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 17 Jun 2015
Kevin J. O'Brien and Neil J Diamant
University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and Dickinson College
Downloads 18 (370,423)

Abstract:

People’s Liberation Army, protest, popular contention, state-owned enterprises, military officers, China, veterans