Yongshun Cai’s current research interests include social movements and collective action, legal institution building, and cadre management in China. His research has appeared in British Journal of Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, China Quarterly, and China Journal. His paper “Disaggregating the State: Networks and Collective Action in Shanghai” (with Fayong Shi) won the Gordon White Prize for the most original article published in China Quarterly in 2006. His book, Collective Resistance in China: Why Popular Protests Succeed or Fail, examines the conditions under which Chinese citizens are able to stage successful collective action. His current research is about how the Chinese state authority manages the vast number of state agents by focusing on the use of discipline.