YEE (Henry) Wai-Hang is associate professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. His research interests lie in the intersection between public administration, public management, and public policy. He recent research examines designs and dynamics of major reforms in the public sector, with particular focuses on policy implementation, regulatory enforcement and compliance, and street-level bureaucracy.


He now serves as an associate editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, and honorary associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration (PPA), The University of Hong Kong. He was assistant professor in the PPA Department, where he also served as Deputy Director of the Master of Public Administration programme, and Co-Director (PPA) (acting) of the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government and Laws) & Bachelor of Laws programme. Upon graduation from the University of Southern California, he joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as assistant professor, where he was also a Research Fellow at the Asian Competitiveness Institute, and received the Research Excellence Award. His article “Governing the Neighborhood with Confucian Ideas” received the Marc Holzer Best Article Award (Runner-up) by the Section on Chinese Public Administration of the American Society for Public Administration & Chinese Public Administration Review. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from The University of Hong Kong.


Journal Articles

Yee, Wai-Hang^, Shui-Yan Tang, Carlos Wing-Hung Lo. Constructing Regulatory Regimes for Sustainable Development: Commitment to Resolve, Clarity, and Reasonableness. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning (forthcoming). 

Yee, Wai-Hang and Peng Liu. 2021. Governance Capacity and Regulatory Enforcement: Street-level Organizations in China's Frontline Regulatory System for Food Safety. International Review of Administrative Sciences 87(2): 256-274.


Yee, Wai-Hang^ and Sandra van Thiel. 2021. Global Reform Meets Local Context: Cultural Compatibility and Practice Adoption in Public Sector Reform. International Journal of Public Sector Management 34(2): 224-240.


Yee, Wai-Hang^ and Peng Liu. 2020. Control, Coordination, and Capacity: Deficits in China's Frontline Regulatory System for Food Safety. Journal of Contemporary China 29(124): 503-518.


Yee, Wai-Hang^, Weijie Wang and Terry L. Cooper. 2018. Governing the Neighborhood with Confucian Ideas. Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR) 9(2): 113-127.


Yee, Wai-Hang^ and Hui Li. 2018. Unpacking the “Political-Institutional Complex”: The Role of Physical and Institutional Infrastructures in Indonesia's Decentralization Reform. Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development 2(1): 174-192.


Yee, Wai-Hang, Shui-Yan Tang and Carlos Wing-Hung Lo. 2016. Regulatory Compliance when the Rule of Law is Weak: Evidence from China’s Environmental Reform. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26(1): 95-112.


Muiris MacCarthaigh, Martin Painter and Wai-Hang Yee^ (alphabetically ordered). 2016. Managing for Legitimacy: Agency Governance in its “Deep” Constitutional Context. Public Administration Review 76(3): 496-506.


Yee, Wai-Hang, Carlos Wing-Hung Lo and Shui-Yan Tang. 2013. Assessing Ecological Modernization in China: Stakeholder Demands and Corporate Environmental Management Practices in Guangdong Province. China Quarterly 213: 101-129.


Martin Painter and Wai-Hang Yee. 2012. Agencies and Policy in an Administrative State: The Case of Hong Kong. Policy and Society, 31(3): 223-235.


Martin Painter and Wai-Hang Yee. 2011. Task Matters: A Structural-Instrumental Analysis of the Autonomy of Hong Kong Government Bodies. American Review of Public Administration, 41(4): 395-410.

(^corresponding author)

Book Chapters

Yee, Wai-Hang, Weijie Wang and Terry L. Cooper. 2021. Governing the Neighborhood with Confucian Ideas. In Thomas A. Bryer and So Hee Jeon (eds.). Citizenship and Ethics: From the Neighborhood to the City, Country to the World, 205-220. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield (reprint from CPAR)


Li, Hui and Wai-Hang Yee. 2017. Decentralization, Governing Institutions and Economic Development in Indonesia. In Khee Giap Tan, Nurina Merdikawati, Mulya Amri, and Kong Yam Tan (eds.). 2015 Agricultural Productivity, Decentralization, and Competitiveness Analysis for Provinces and Regions of Indonesia, 67-81. Singapore: World Scientific


Yee, Wai-Hang. 2015. Building an Asian Scholarship of Public Administration and Policy. In The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore. Governing Asia: Reflections on a Research Journey, 217-221. Singapore: World Scientific


Lo, Carlos Wing-Hung, Wai-Hang Yee, Nicole Ning Liu and Honying Li. 2011. Ombudsman and Stakeholder Engagement for Improved Service Delivery. In Strengthening the Ombudsman Institution in Asia: Improving Accountability in Public Service Delivery through the Ombudsman, 117-189. Asian Development Bank.


Martin Painter, John P. Burns and Wai-Hang Yee. 2010. Explaining Autonomy in Public Agencies: The Case of Hong Kong. In Per Laegreid, Koen Verhoest (eds). Governance of Public Sector Organizations: Proliferation, Autonomy and Performance, 111-132. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan