Professor John P. Burns


Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor. Former Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration and former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences (2011-2017), both at the University of Hong Kong: He obtained undergraduate degrees from St. Olaf College and Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He teaches courses and does research on comparative politics and public administration, specializing in China including Hong Kong. His research interests focus on public sector human resource management, civil service reform, party-state relations, and public sector reform. He is the author or editor of eight books, and his articles have appeared in the China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Affairs, and Public Administration and Development. He served on the Editorial Committee of the China Quarterly from 1991-2011 and served on the HKSAR Government’s Civil Service Training and Development Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2003.

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