Professor ZHENG Yongnian is the Presidential Chair Professor, Acting Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and the Founding Director of the Advanced Institute of Global and Contemporary China Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.


Graduated from Peking University (BA in International Relations, 1981-1985 & MA in Political Science, 1985-1988) and Princeton University (MA & PhD in Political Science, 1990-1995), Professor ZHENG served as the former Director of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (2008-2019), and the former Research Director and Professor of the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham (2005-2008).


Professor ZHENG is Co-editor of the Series on Contemporary China (World Scientific Publishing) and Editor of China Policy Series (Routledge). He was also the founding editor of China: An International Journal.

His papers have been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and China Quarterly.



Academic Publications

Selected Publications:

Books (in English)

1. The China Model: Experiences and Challenges, forthcoming.

2.  Market in State: The Political Economy of Domination in China, co-authored with Huang Yanjie, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

3. Contemporary China: A History since 1978, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

4. The Chinese Communist Party as Organizational Emperor: Culture, Reproduction and Transformation, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

5. Technological Empowerment: The Internet, the State and Society in China, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008. (This book is also in Chinese language.)

6. De Facto Federalism in China: Reforms and Dynamics of Central-Local Relations, Singapore and London: World Scientific Publishing, 2007. (This book is also in Chinese language.)

7. Globalization and State Transformation in China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004 (cloth and paper editions). (This book is also in Chinese language.)

8. Will China Become Democratic?  Elite, Class, and Regime Transition, Singapore, London and New York: Eastern Universities Press, 2004.

9. Discovering Chinese Nationalism in China: Modernization, Identity, and International Relations.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999 (cloth and paper editions). (This book is also in Korean language.) 


Edited Volumes

1. Contending Views on the Decline of Western-Centric World and the Emerging Global Order in the 21st Century, co-edited with Chu Yun-han, London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

2. Development and Poverty Reduction: A Global Perspective, co-edited with Jiwei Qian, London and New York: Routledge, 2020.

3. The Chinese Communist Party in Action: Consolidating Party Rule, co-edited with Lance Gore, London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

4. China Entering the Xi Jinping Era, co-edited with Lance Gore, London: Routledge, 2014.

5. Parliaments in Asia: Institution Building and Political Development, co-edited with Lye Liang Fook and Wilhelm Hofmeister, London: Routledge, 2014.

6. China and International Relations: The Chinese View and the Contribution of Wang Gungwu, editor, London: Routledge, 2010.

7. Politics of Modern China, 4 volumes, co-edited with Lynn White III and Yiyi Lu, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

8. China’s Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Social changes and state responses, co-edited with Zhang Xiaoling, London: Routledge, 2009.

9. China in the New International Order, co-edited with Wang Gungwu, London: Routledge, 2008.

10. China’s Opening Society: The Non-State Sector and Governance, co-edited with Joseph Fewsmith, London: Routledge, 2008.

11. The Chinese Communist Party in Reform, co-edited with Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard, New York and London: Routledge, 2006.

12. The SARS Epidemic: Challenges to China’s Crisis Management, co-edited with John Wong, Singapore and London: World Scientific, 2004.

13. Bringing the Party Back In: The Party and Governance in China, co-edited with Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard, Singapore, London and New York, Eastern Universities Press, 2004.

14.  The Nanxun Legacy and China’s Development in the Post-Deng Era.  Co-edited with John Wong.  London and Singapore: World Scientific/Singapore University Press, 2001.


Journal Articles (in English):

1.  “The Logic of Political Reform: To what end for Chinese politics?” China: An International Journal, Vol: 18, No.1 (Feb. 2020), pp. 152-68.

2.  “The Resource Boom in China’s Resource-Rich Provinces: The Role of the State-Owned Enterprises and Associated Problems,” (with Yu Hong), Asian Survey, 56 (2), 2016, pp. 270-300.

3.  “Fen Qings (Angry Youth) in Contemporary China” (with Yang Lijun), Journal of Contemporary China, 21 (76), September 2012, pp. 1-17.

4. “Society Must Be Defended: Reform, Openness and Social Policy in China,” Journal of Contemporary China, 19(67), November 2010, pp. 799-818.

5.  “Women’s Participation in Village Autonomy in China: Evidence from Zhejiang Province,” (with Xiajuan Guo), The China Quarterly, 197 (March 2009), pp. 145-164.

6.  “Information Technologies, Public Sphere, and Collective Action in China,” (with Guoguang Wu), Comparative Political Studies, 38(June, 2005), pp. 507-36.

7.  “Political Incrementalism: Political Lessons from China’s Twenty Years of Reform,” Third Word Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 6, 1999, pp. 1157-1177.

8. “Development and Democracy: Are They Compatible in China?” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 109, no. 2 (Summer 1994), pp. 235-59. Reprinted in Xiaobo Lu, (ed.), Promise and Problems of Old and New Democracies, New York: The Academy of Political Science, 2000, pp. 195-219.

Updated in July 2020