Lin, Chun

Dr Chun Lin  


Position held

Associate Professor in Comparative Politics


Non LSE positions held

New York University

Visiting Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies


Experience keywords:

Marxism; historical communism; history and theory; ideology; political economy

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Dr Lin has a long term interest in the historical sociology of comparative developments, especially between China/Asia and Europe, between China and other developing countries, and among the states of historical communism and market transition. Another focus of her research is in political economy concerning in particular the (in)compatibility between socialism and market, property relations, and the future of work. She has also written in critical social theory pertaining to Marxism, liberalism, feminism, democracy, and methodological issues of political science.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; China; East Asia; India; communist states


Chinese [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7197

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Lin, Chun (2018) China's New Internationalism In: Panitch, Leo and Albo, Greg, (eds.) The world turned upside down? Socialist register 2019. Merlin Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780850367355


Lin, Chun (2017) Discipline and power: knowledge of China in political science Critical Asian Studies. ISSN 1467-2715


Lin, Chun (2016) The lost international in the transformation of Chinese socialism In: Prashad, Vijay, (ed.) Communist Histories: Reclaiming Historiography for Communist Praxis. Communist histories (1). LeftWord Books, Delhi, India, 267-315. ISBN 9789380118338


Lin, Chun (2015) Rethinking land reform: comparative lessons from China and India In: Mamdani, Mahmood, (ed.) The Land Question: Socialism, Capitalism And The Market.. MISR Book Series (5). Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Kampala, Uganda, 95-157. ISBN 9789970473045

Lin, Chun (2015) Modernity and the violence of global accumulation: the ethnic question in China In: Bringel, Breno M. and Domingues, Jose Mauricio, (eds.) Global Modernity and Social Contestation. SAGE Studies in International Sociology. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 51-69. ISBN 9781446295748

Lin, Chun (2015) The language of class in China Socialist Register, 51. 24-53. ISSN 0081-0606


Lin, Chun (2014) An argument for “participatory socialism” In: Tianyu, Cao and Xueping, Zhong and Kebin, Liao and Wang, Ban, (eds.) Culture and Social Transformations: Theoretical Framework and Chinese Context. Brill, Leiden, the Netherlands, 333-354. ISBN 9789004260504


Lin, Chun (2013) China and global capitalism: reflections on Marxism, history, and contemporary politics Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA. ISBN 9781137301253


Lin, Chun (2012) Marxism and the politics of positioning China in world history Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 13 (3). 438-466. ISSN 1464-9373


Lin, Chun (2011) Socialist China model or capitalism with Chinese characteristics? Sunny Research Advance (28).


Lin, Chun (2010) The Chinese revolution and the self identity of the Chinese nation In: Cao, Tian Yu and Xueping, Zhong and Kebin, Liao, (eds.) Culture and Social Transformations in Reform Era China. Ideas, history, and modern China. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 359-370. ISBN 9789004175167

Lin, Chun (2010) Comments on Gong Yuzhi’s “a unique transcendence” and Roderick MacFarquhar’s “the impact of the cultural revolution on reform-era political culture” In: Cao, Tian Yu and Xueping, Zhong and Kebin, Liao, (eds.) Culture and Social Transformations in Reform Era China. Ideas, history, and modern China. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 371-374. ISBN 9789004175167

Lin, Chun (2010) On the Chinese model China Review of Political Economy, 1 (4). 64-72. ISSN 1674-7542


Lin, Chun (2009) The socialist market economy: step forward or backward for China? Science and Society, 73 (2). ISSN 0036-8237

Lin, Chun (2009) Challenging privatization: a conceptual and theoretical argument Journal of Chinese Political Science, 14 (1). 21-48. ISSN 1080-6954

Benton, Gregor and Lin, Chun, eds (2009) Was Mao really a monster?: the academic response to Chang and Halliday’s "Mao: the unknown story" Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415493307


Lin, Chun (2008) La transformación del socialismo Chino El Viejo Topo, Madrid, Spain. ISBN 9788496831292

Lin, Chun (2008) Reflections on China's reform trajectory Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing, China. ISBN 9787509704271

Lin, Chun (2008) China: changing the rules of the game Soundings, 39. 7-19. ISSN 1091-8728

Lin, Chun (2008) Against privatization in China: a historical and empirical argument Journal of Chinese Political Science, 13 (1). 1-27. ISSN 1080-6954


Lin, Chun (2007) Is capitalism China's salvation? Soundings, 36. 134-139. ISSN 1091-8728

Lin, Chun (2007) Recasting development in China Development, 50 (3). 11-16. ISSN 1011-6370

Li, Yinhe and Lin, Chun and Tan, Shen, eds (2007) Fu nü: zui man chang de ge ming: dang dai xi fang nü xing zhu yi li lun jing xuan (Women: the longest revolution) Zhongguo fu nü chu ban she, Beijing. ISBN 9787802034327


Lin, Chun (2006) The transformation of Chinese socialism Duke University Press, Durham, N.C. ISBN 0822337983

Lin, Chun (2006) Governing China: central, local and global dynamics In: The Territories of the People’s Republic of China. Europa Territories of the World series (Second). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781857433951


Lin, Chun (2005) What is China's 'comparative advantage'? In: Cao, Tian Yu, (ed.) The Chinese Model of Modern Development. Routledge Studies on the Chinese economy (17). Routledge, London, UK, 264-276. ISBN 9780415345187


Lin, Chun (2003) Uneven and compressed development In: Wallerstein, Immanuel and Clesse, Armand, (eds.) The World We Are Entering, 2000-2050. Dutch University Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789036191715


Lin, Chun (2002) Chine In: Amin, Samir and Houtart, François, (eds.) Mondialisation des Résistances: L'Etat des Luttes 2002. Editions L'Harmattan, Paris, France. ISBN 9782747533461

Lin, Chun (2002) The irony of cultural Marxism Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. ISSN 1082-7552


Lin, Chun (2001) Whither feminism: a note on China Signs, 26 (4). 1281-1286. ISSN 0097-9740

Lin, Chun (2001) Defining and defending the "social": a Chinese tale Hitotsubashi Journal of Social Studies, 33 (1). 57-68. ISSN 0073-280X

Lin, Chun (2001) Human rights and democracy: the case for decoupling International Journal of Human Rights, 5 (3). 19-44. ISSN 1364-2987


Lin, Chun, ed (2000) Modernizing Chinese polity China Vol.1 (International library of politics and comparative government series). Dartmouth Publishing Co Ltd, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9781840144833

Lin, Chun, ed (2000) The transformation of Chinese socialism China Vol.2 (International library of politics and comparative government series). Dartmouth Publishing Co Ltd, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9781840144833

Lin, Chun, ed (2000) Defining a changing China in global politics China Vol.3. (International library of politics and comparative government series). Dartmouth Publishing Co Ltd, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9781840144833

Lin, Chun (2000) Participation and recognition: the transforming of (un)employment in China New Political Science, 22 (4). 529-552. ISSN 0739-3148


Lin, Chun (1999) イギリスの新しい左 Sairyusha, Tokyo, Japan.


Lin, Chun (1998) Gender equality: between state and market In: Qiu, Renzong, (ed.) Chinese Women and the Feminist Thought. Chinese Social Sciences Publisher, Beijing. ISBN 9787500424017

Lin, Chun and Liu, Bohong and Jin, Yohong (1998) China In: Jagger, Alison M. and Young, Iris Marion, (eds.) A Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 108-117. ISBN 9781557866592

Lin, Chun (1998) Historical communism and the 20th-century In: Hwang, Ruey-Chyi, (ed.) From Western Marxism to Post-Marxism: Essays on Marxology. Academia Sinica, Taipei, 271-300. ISBN 9570190353


Lin, Chun (1997) Finding a language: feminism and women's movements in contemporary China In: Scott, Joan W. and Kaplan, Cora and Keates, Debra, (eds.) Transitions, Environments, Translations: Feminisms in International Politics. Routledge, London, UK, 11-20.


Lin, Chun (1996) Situating China Social Justice, 23 (1-2). 262-274. ISSN 1043-1578

Lin, Chun (1996) Citizenship in China: the gender politics of social transformation Social Politics, 3 (2-3). 278-290. ISSN 1072-4745


Lin, Chun (1995) Love and hate: learning 'human nature' under communism In: Gavroglou, Kōstas and Stachel, John J. and Wartofsky, Marx W., (eds.) Science, Politics, and Social Practice: Essays on Marxism and Science, Philosophy of Culture and the Social Sciences in Honor Of. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 164. Kluwer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 5-14. ISBN 9780792329893

Lin, Chun (1995) Toward a Chinese feminism: a personal story Dissent, 42 (4). 477. ISSN 0012-3846


Lin, Chun (1993) China today: 'money dissolves the commune' New Left Review, 201. ISSN 0028-6060

Lin, Chun (1993) The British new left Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748604227


Lin, Chun (1992) The elegy of wild swans New Left Review, 194. ISSN 0028-6060

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