John P Burns is Dean of Social Sciences and Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong. He obtained undergraduate degrees from St. Olaf College and Oxford University and a Ph.D. in political science specializing in China from Columbia University. His early research focused on political participation rural China during the Cultural Revolution. More recently he has focused on public administration in China, including Hong Kong, specializing in public sector human resource management, civil service reform, party-government relations, and public sector reform. His most recent book is Government Capacity and the Hong Kong Civil Service (Oxford, 2004 and 2010). He is the author or editor of eight books, and his articles have appeared in The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Affairs, International Review of Administrative Sciences and Public Administration and Development. He is Associate Editor of Administration and Society and was a member of the Editorial Committee of The China Quarterly until 2011.