Dr Chun Lin

 Chun Lin

Associate Professor in Comparative Politics

Email: c.lin@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON3.10, Connaught House
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm. On leave Lent Term 2014.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7197

Biography


Dr C Lin received a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in History and Political Science in 1989 having previously worked in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Before joining the Department of Government, LSE in 1995 she held teaching/research positions at several US universities and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is on the Executive Committee of China Quarterly and co-edits Palgrave's book series China in Transformation.

Research Interests


  • Modern Chinese and Asian politics and political economy
  • Comparative developments and social policies
  • Communist and postcommunist studies
  • Debates in critical social theory: Marxism, history, democracy, feminism, and the future of work

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV432: Government and Politics in China

Featured Books


China and Global Capitalism: Reflections on Marxism, History, and Contemporary Politics (Palgrave, 2013)

China and Global CapitalismExcerpts from prepublication reviews:

  • “A ringing political manifesto for a reinvigorated socialism” – Lisa Rofel
  • “Eye-opening… empowered by the author’s theoretical sophistication and political engagement” - Arif Dirlik
  • “Brilliant… Her succinct and incisive analysis offers a much-needed perspective for understanding China and theoretical discussions of global capitalism.” - Wang Hui
  • “This is a profound, provocative, and truly inspirational book… a brilliant and groundbreaking contribution" – Yuezhi Zha
The transformation of Chinese Socialism Duke (University Press, 2006)

Excerpts from selected reviews:

  • “By far the best discussion of socialism in China available in English” (Arif Dirlik, The China Review)
  • “The best book on contemporary China in many years” (Bruce Cumings, China Beat)
  • “Probably the best and certainly the most intellectually stimulating book written on the reform era” (Maurice Meisner, The Progressive)
  • "Rich and complex… [the book] does contribute significantly to the ongoing debates and controversies about the future of China"” (Thomas Bernstein, The China Journal)    
  • “Always stimulating, …demands serious response from a generally much less adventurous western scholarship” (John Gittings, Pacific Affairs)
The British New Left (Edinburgh University Press, 1993)

The British New LeftExcerpts from selected reviews:

  • “A tour-de-force of scholarship” (Bernard Crick)
  • “Very ably analysed… [one] must needs stand in awe of her achievement” (Angus Calder, Political Quarterly)
  • “Astonishing and exemplary… splendid” (Fred Inglis, New Left Review)
  • “Important contribution… will become the standard work on a movement” (Peter Scott, New Statesman & Society)
  • “Serious work of scholarship… rewarding” (Dorothy Thompson, New Left Review)
Was Mao Really a Monster? The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday's "Mao: The Unknown Story" (Routledge, 2009)

Was Mao Really a MonsterMao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday was published in 2005 to a great fanfare. The book portrays Mao as a monster – equal to or worse than Hitler and Stalin – and a fool who won power by native cunning and ruled by terror. It received a rapturous welcome from reviewers in the popular press and rocketed to the top of the worldwide bestseller list. Few works on China by writers in the West have achieved its impact.

Reviews by serious China scholars, however, tended to take a different view. Most were sharply critical, questioning its authority and the authors' methods , arguing that Chang and Halliday's book is not a work of balanced scholarship, as it purports to be, but a highly selective and even polemical study that sets out to demonise Mao.

This book brings together sixteen reviews of Mao: The Unknown Story – all by internationally well-regarded specialists in modern Chinese history, and published in relatively specialised scholarly journals. Taken together they demonstrate that Chang and Halliday's portrayal of Mao is in many places woefully inaccurate. While agreeing that Mao had many faults and was responsible for some disastrous policies, they conclude that a more balanced picture is needed.

Recent and Selected Publications


Books

The Transformation of Chinese Socialism, Duke University Press, 2006; 2nd print 2007 (Spanish translation: Spanish translation: La Transformacion del Socialismo Chino, Barcelona: El Viejo Topo, 2008)

The British New Left, Edinburgh University Press, 1993 (Japanese translation: Tokyo: Sairyusha, 1999)

The Transformation of Chinese Socialism, Duke University Press, 2006; 2nd print 2007 (Spanish translation: Spanish translation: La Transformacion del Socialismo Chino, Barcelona: El Viejo Topo, 2008)

The British New Left, Edinburgh University Press, 1993 (Japanese translation: Tokyo: Sairyusha, 1999)

Edited anthologies, Ashgate 2000:

  • China I: Modernizing Chinese Polity
  • China II: The Transformation of Chinese Socialism
  • China III: Defining a Changing China in Global Politics

Was Mao Really a Monster? The Academic Response to Mao: The Unknown Story (eds. with Gregor Benton), Routledge, 2009

Reflections on China’s Reform Trajectory, Beijing: Social Science Academic Publisher, 2008 (in Chinese)

Women: The Longest Revolution (eds. with Li Yinhe and Tan Shen), Beijing: Sanlian Publishing House, 1997 (in Chinese)

Articles

 "An argument for 'participatory socialism'", forthcoming in Cao and Zhong, eds, Culture and Transformation in China, Brill, 2014 

“The politics of positioning China in world history”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 13:3, 2012

“Socialist China model or capitalism with Chinese characteristics?”, Hong Kong: Sunny Research Advance, 2011-28, April 2011

“The socialist market economy: step forward or backward for China?” Science & Society, 73:2, April 2009

“Challenging privatization: a conceptual and theoretical argument”, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 14:1, 2009

“Against privatization in China: a historical and empirical argument”, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 13:1, 2008

“Is capitalism China’s salvation?”, Soundings 36, July 2007

“What is China’s `comparative advantage’?”, in T. Y. Cao, ed. The Chinese Model of Modern Development, Routledge, 2005 

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