GRADUATE STUDENT | GREG DISTELHORST
Greg Distelhorst is a Ph.D. candidate researching state-society relations under authoritarian rule. His dissertation focuses on government responsiveness and citizen activism in contemporary China. This work shows how citizens can marshal negative media coverage to discipline unelected officials, or "publicity-driven accountability." These findings result from two years of fieldwork in mainland China, including a survey experiment on tax and regulatory officials. A forthcoming second study measures the effects of citizen ethnic identity on government responsiveness in a national field experiment. His dissertation research has been funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Boren Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation. A second area of research is labor governance under globalization, where he has examined private initiatives to improve working conditions in the global garment, toy, and electronics supply chains. Greg is currently a predoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
Read more on Greg Distelhorst's research.
"Publicity-driven accountability in China: qualitative and experimental evidence." 2012. Working paper. (pdf)
"Production Goes Global, Standards Stay Local: Private Labor Regulation in the Global Electronics Industry" (Working Paper with Prof. Richard Locke, Timea Pal, and Hiram Samel) pdf.
"A Public Right to Information in China? Transparency Reform,Judicial Review, and Accountability" (Working paper with Clement Yongxi Chen)
Analysis document: ethnic identity and local government responsiveness (pdf)