Ben Hillman is a senior lecturer in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He studies political development in Asia, with a particular focus on China and Indonesia. Ben is especially interested in the role of informal institutions in public policy making, and in policies and mechanisms for promoting political inclusion and protect minority rights. His forthcoming book, Shangrila Inside Out: Ethnic Diversity and Development (Yunnan People’s Publishing House), will be published in Chinese. He has recently co-edited (with Gray Tuttle) Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West (Columbia University Press, 2016), and previously authored Patronage and Power: Local State Networks and Party-state Resilience in Rural China (Stanford University Press, 2014).