Matthias Stepan

Matthias Stepan

Research Associate at Ruhr University Bochum

Public Management and Comparative Public Policy: Governance and Policymaking

Matthias Stepan is a researcher and experienced manager. In the consortium he is in charge of knowledge management. He coordinates the flow of information and research, stimulates discussion and exchange across the boundaries of work packages and participating institutions.

Matthias Stepan has a working record in different sectors. To add two of his most recent appointments, he served as Chief Representative of the Stiftung Mercator to China (2019-2023), as member of the management board and co-director of the research area Politics, Society and Media at the Mercator Institute for China Studies – MERICS (2014-2019). In the late 2000s, he was contributing as junior expert to the “EU-China Social Security Reform Cooperation Project”. His publications include peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals, policy reports, and policy briefs.

A Mandarin speaker, Stepan spent more than five years living in China. He has traveled widely in the country. Furthermore, he gained work experience in major German companies, such as Siemens and Mercedes-Benz.

Other publications

  • Serve the People: Innovation and IT in China`s Social Development Agenda. MERICS Papers on China (No. 6/ October 2018)

    Stepan, M., Duckett, J. (eds.) (2018)

  • The Domestic Politics behind China’s international Engagement. Political Insight, 9(1): 37-39

    Duckett, J., Stepan, M. (2018).

  • China kennen, China können. Ausgangspunkte für den Ausbau von China-Kompetenz in Deutschland. MERICS Monitor, 2018 (45)

    Stepan, M. et al. (2018)

  • Exploring the Sustainability of E-government Innovation in China: a Comparative Case Study on 22 Prefectural-level Cities’ Websites. Journal of Chinese Political Science, 22 (4), 625-649

    Schlæger, J., Stepan, M. (2017)

  • Hardening the Party Line. The 19th Party Congress will boost Strongman Politics. MERICS Monitor, 2017 (41)

    Stepan, M. (2017)

  • China’s Political System. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

    Multiple sections in Heilmann, S. (2017) (eds.)

  • Building the New Socialist Countryside: Tracking Public Policy and Public Opinion Changes in China. The China Quarterly, 226 (June 2016): 456-476

    Stepan, M., Han, E. und Reeskens, T. (2016)

  • China’s Core Executive: Leadership Styles, Structures and Processes under Xi Jinping. MERICS Papers on China (No.1 / June 2016)

    Heilmann, S., Stepan M. (2016) (eds.)

  • The establishment of China’s new rural social insurance pension – a process perspective. Journal of Contemporary China Affairs, 45 (2): 113-147

    Stepan, M., Lu, Q. (2016)

  • Pension reform in the European periphery. Public Administration and Development, 34 (4): 320-331

    Stepan, M., Anderson, K.M (2014)