ZHENG Yongnian


ZHENG Yongnian


Education Background:
B.A. Beijing University
M.A. Beijing University
M.A. Princeton University
Ph. D. Princeton University

Nationalism and international relations; International and regional security in East Asia; China’s foreign policy; Globalization, state transformation and social justice; Chinese politics


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