International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Bruce Gilley

Portland State University

Bruce Gilley is director of graduate programs in public policy in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. His research centers on the politics and public policy of democracy, climate change, and state legitimacy. He is a specialist on the international and comparative politics of China and Asia. He is the author of four university-press books, including The Nature of Asian Politics (2014), The Right to Rule: How States Win and Lose Legitimacy (2009) and China’s Democratic Future (2004) in addition to several co-edited volumes. His scholarly articles have appeared in journals including Comparative Political Studies and the European Journal of Political Research, and his policy articles have appeared in Survival, Foreign Affairs and the Washington Quarterly. A member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and the Journal of Contemporary China, Gilley has received grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University from 1989 to 1991 and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Princeton University from 2004 to 2006.

Forum Publications

“Democratic Triumph, Scholarly Pessimism,” Journal of Democracy (Jan. 2010)

“Is Democracy Possible?” Journal of Democracy (Jan. 2009)