Daniel Guttman

 Adjunct Professor

 Email: dg109@nyu.edu

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Dan Guttman is teacher, lawyer and has been a public servant. Following 2004-6 years as China Fulbright scholar he works with colleagues developing comparative programs in environment, law, and governance and practices law in the U.S.

He served as Executive Director of a Presidential Advisory Commission on bioethics, was Presidentially appointed Commissioner of the US Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission, directed US Senate investigations and hearings on U.S. government energy and environmental management, and was UNDP  “foreign expert advisor” on China environmental law.

He is Professor, Tianjin University Law school, adjunct professor, Fudan University IGPP, fellow New York University Asia Law Institute, has been visiting Professor at Peking, Tsinghua, Nanjing, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities, and taught for many years at Johns Hopkins and Shanghai NYU universities.

As lawyer, he has represented cities, states, citizens, and workers in energy, environmental, antimonopoly, human rights and anti-corruption litigation. He was partner in a firm that pioneered in litigation applying antimonopoly law to electric companies. He is of counsel to Guttman, Buschner and Brooks, a firm specializing in anti-corruption litigation.  The firm’s lawyers have helped government recover billions of dollars from health, financial, and energy companies, and military contractors.

He co-authored The Shadow Government,  a seminal study of the “contracting out” of the U.S. government, is author/coauthor of many further books and articles, has provided expert testimony many times before the US Congress and other public bodies,  shared in journalism awards, and is elected  Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration.


Comparative governance (including law, policy, state and non state actors), environmental and public health, governance of new technologies, public service and corporate ethics


  • Bachelors Degree University of Rochester (Highest honors in history; phi beta kappa)

  • Juris Doctor degree Yale Law School


Introduction to Global Public Policy

Academic Papers

  • “American Public Interest Law: Career Models, Tools, Strategies” Peking University Public Interest Law Journal (Chinese), vol. 1, fall 2010.

  • “U.S. Government Contracting and China Shi Ye Dan Wei-Two Shadow Governments: Path Dependency from Opposite Directions, or Mutual Learning,” with Song Yaqin and Li Haiming, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Management (June 2013).

  • “Same dream, different beds: Can America and China take effective steps to solve the climate problem?” Jun Bi, Oran R. Young, Robert Costanza, Lingxuan Liu, Roger Kasperson, Ye Qi, Daniel Guttman, Kejun Jiang, Daniel Mazmanian, Shiqiu Zhang, Junjie Zhang, Gail Osherenko, Robert Percival, Bing Zhang, Haikun Wang, Pan He, and Miaomiao Liu. Global Environmental Change, 24:2–4, 2014.

  • “Institutionalized Governance Processes: Comparing Environmental Problem Solving in China and the United States,” Oran R. Young, Dan Guttman, Ye Qi, Kris Bachus, David Belis, Hongguang Cheng,  Alvin Lin, Jeremy Schreifels, Sarah Van Eynde, Yahua Wang, Liang Wu, Yilong Yan, An Yu, Durwood Zaelke, Bing Zhang, Shiqiu Zhang, Xiaofan Zhao, Xufeng Zhu, Global Environmental Change, 31:163-173; 2015.

  • “The global vernacular of governance and instruments: translating between the operating systems of China and the United States,” Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 37:4, 253-263, (2015).

  • “Government by Contract: the White House needs capacity to account for the legacy of 20th century reform,” Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review: (journal volume and e book).

  • “Environmental governance in China: Interactions between the state and “nonstate actors,’” Guttman, Young, Jing et al: Journal of Environmental Management 220 (2018) 126-135 (2018).

  • “China’s campaign-style Internet finance governance: Causes, effects and lessons learned for new information-based approaches to governance,”Duoqi Xu, Shiya Tang, Dan Guttman, Computer Law & Security Review, 35 (2019), 3-14.

  • “Back to the Future: Can China Doubling Down and Through and America Muddling Through Fulfill 21st Century Need for Environmental Governance?,” Zhao, Qi, Young, Guttman, Environmental Policy and Governance, 2020: 1-12.

  • “Meeting Cyber Age needs for Governance in a Changing Global Order,” Young, Yang, Guttman, Sustainability, July, 2020.

Books and Journal Special Issues

  • The Shadow Government: The Government’s multimillion dollar giveaway of its decision-making powers to private management consultants, “experts” and think tanks (Pantheon; 1976; co-author)

  • The Human Radiation Experiments: Report of the President’s Advisory Commission (Oxford University Press); 1996) (Executive Director)

  • “Inherently Governmental Functions and the New Millennium: The Legacy of Twentieth Century Reform,”in Making Government Manageable: Executive Organization and Management in the Twenty-First Century; Stanton and Ginsberg, Eds. (Johns Hopkins) (2004)

  • Zhong Mei Huanjin Zhi li Ti Zhi Bi Jiao Yan Jiu”(Chinese) (Comparative US/China Enironmental Governance Research) in Zhongguo Huanjin Jianguan Tizhi Yan Jiu (Researches in China’s Environmental Governance.”Tsinghua University (2008)

  • “The State of the Scientific Estate,” in Science Next (NYU Bellevue Medical Press)(2009)

  • Public Interest Law in Practice ; (实践中的公益法 ) (Chinese) (co-author with Peking University law school law colleagues) (China Law Press);  2012

  • Perspectives on American Law; lead co-editor/chapters author; Peking University Press (2013)

  • 欧盟NGOs 环境非政府组织 推动执法手册  (with Elizabeth Sinclair)(Chinese and English); China Environment Press (supported by EU China Environmental Program and All China Environment Foundation)(2015)

  • China Non-State Actors and Environmental Governance (co-editor with Jing Yijia, Oran Young and China, US, UK, Brazil, Australia chapter authors/co-authors); Palgrave Macmillan (2021 forthcoming)

Other Research Publications

  • Author/co-author reports for organizations including US Senate (management of US energy and environmental agencies), US National Academy of Public Administration (nuclear worker safety, electricity grid management), United Nations Development Program/China (China environmental public interest law), Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governance study (public service ethics), Center for Public Integrity (Pentagon contracting)

Editorial/Advisory Boards:

  • Asian Politics and Policy;

  • World Medical and Health Policy;

  • Global Public Policy and Governance

Faculty, Environmental Law Institute, China program

Member, US National Academy of Public Administration activities

Academic Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar China 2004-6 (teach at Peking, Tsinghua Fudan, Nanjing, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities)

  • Fellow US National Academy of Public Administration

Teaching Awards

  • Johns Hopkins University Masters in Government Program Excellence in Teaching Award