Professor CHEN Feng 陳峰

Adjunct professor:Chen Feng is Professor Emeritus of Hong Kong Baptist University. He received his BA and MA degrees in International Politics from Fudan University, China and his Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the USA. His main research interests focus on comparative politics, Chinese politics, and labor politics. Professor Chen Feng’s English monograph "Economic Transformation and Legitimacy of the Post-Maoist: Ideology and Reform" was published by the State University of New York Press in 1995. His latest book in Chinese, 當代中國的國家與勞工:制度,衝突與變遷, was published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2020. Professor Chen also published numerous papers in various international journals, including 6 pieces in the China Quarterly, 3 in China Journal, and 3 in Modern China. Other journals in which Professor Chen’s papers appeared include Polity, Journal of Sociology, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary China Studies, China Information, etc. He also edited two books and contributed chapters to several books. He won the China Quarterly’s Gordon White Award for Best Paper of the Year in 2004 and the first prize of conference papers at the 2012 China Sociology Annual Conference in 2012. Professor Chen won 5 GRF grants as well as one grant from Chiang Ching Kuo International Scholarly Exchange Foundation during his service at HKBU. He was awarded Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, Research Grant Council of Hong Kong in 2015. Professor Chen co-translated four English books, including two classics of political science: Gabriel Almond’s Comparative Politics and Robert Dahl’s Modern Political Analysis. During his tenure at HKBU, Professor Chen served as the Director of China Studies Program and Coordinator of Graduate Study Program of the Faculty of Social Sciences.


  • Feng Chen, Economic Transition and Political Legitimacy in Post-Mao China: Ideology and Reform (State University of New York Press, 1995).
  • 陳峰: 《當代中國的國家與勞:制度、衝突和變遷》 (香港中文大學出版社,2020年)(The State and Labor in Contemporary China: Institutions, Conflicts and Changes, Chinese University Press, 2020)

Journal Papers

  • Feng Chen, "Contesting for Legitimacy: Worker Representation in Labor Strikes in Guangdong", Journal of Contemporary China, May 15 (online), pp. 136-151.
  • Feng Chen, "Local State Adhocracy: Infrastructural Power and Stability Maintenance in Grassroots China", Problems of Post-Communism, May 2020, pp. 189-192.
  • Feng Chen and Xuehui Yang, "Movement-oriented labor NGOs in South China: Exit with Voice and Displaced Unionism", China Information, March 20, 2017; pp. 155–175.
  • Feng Chen and Yi Kang, "Disorganized Contentions and Local Institutional Building in China", Journal of Contemporary China, Volume 25, Issue 100, July 2016, pp. 596-612.
  • Feng Chen, "China's Road to the Construction of Labor Rights", The Journal of Sociology, March 2016, 52: 24-38, 2016.
  • Wenjia Zhuang and Feng Chen, " ‘Mediation First!’ The Revival of Mediation in Labor Disputes in China", The China Quarterly, Vol. 222, June 2015, pp. 380-402.
  • Feng Chen, "Against the State: The Labor Protest in China in the 1950s", Modern China. 2014, Vol. 40(5) 488–518
  • Feng Chen and Mengxiao Tang, "Labor Conflicts in China: Typologies and Their Implications”, Asian Survey, No. 3 (March 2013) pp. 559–583.
  • Feng Chen and Xin Xu, " ‘Active Judiciary’: Judicial Dismantling of Workers’ Collective Action", The China Journal, No. 67, January 2012 pp.87-108
  • Feng Chen, "Trade Unions and the Quadripartite Process of Strike Settlement in China", The China Quarterly, (March 2010), 201, pg. 104-124.
  • Feng Chen, "Union Power in China: Sources, Operation, and Constraints," Modern China, Vol.35, Number 6 November 2009, pp. 662-689.
  • Feng Chen, "Individual Rights and Collective Rights: Labor's Predicament in China," Communist and Post Communist Studies, 40 (2007):59-79
  • Feng Chen, "Privatization and Its Discontents in Chinese Factories," The China Quarterly, 185, March 2006, pp.42-60.
  • Feng Chen, "Legal Mobilization by Trade Unions: The Case of Shanghai," The China Journal, No.52, July 2004, pp.27-45.
  • Feng Chen, "Between the State and Labor: The Conflict of Chinese Trade Unions' Double Identity," The China Quarterly, No.176 (September 2003), pp.1006-1028.
  • Feng Chen, "Industrial Restructuring and Workers' Resistance in China," Modern China, Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2003, pp.237-262.
  • Feng Chen, "Shanghai’s Re-employment Project: Institutional Workings and Consequences for Workers," China Information, Vol.XIV, No.2 (2000), pp.169-193.
  • Feng Chen, "A Subsistence Crisis, Managerial Corruption, and Labor Protest in China," The China Journal, July 2000, pp.41-63.
  • Feng Chen, "An Unfinished Battle in China: The Leftist Criticism of the Reform and the Third Thought Emancipation," The China Quarterly, Vol.158 (June 1999), pp.447-467.
  • Feng Chen, "Rebuilding Party's Normative Authority: An Analysis of the CCP's Socialist Spiritual Civilization," Problems of Post-Communism, Vol.45, No.6, 1998, pp.33-42.
  • Feng Chen, "Order and Stability in Social Transition: The Neoconservative Political Thought in Post-June Fourth China," The China Quarterly, No.151 (September 1997), pp.593-613.
  • Feng Chen and Ting Gong, "Market vs. Party in Post-Mao China: The Erosion of Leninism from Below," Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politic, Vol.13, No.3, September 1997, pp.148-166.
  • Feng Chen, "The Dilemma of Edaemonic Legitimation in Post-Mao China," Polity, Vol. 29, No.3, Spring 1997, pp.421-440.
  • Feng Chen and Ting Gong, "Ideology vs Economic Pragmatism: State Ownership Reform in China, 1980-1993, Asian Thought and Society, October 1995, pp.12-29.
  • Feng Chen and Ting Gong,"Taiwan's Drive to Reparticipate in the UN: Its Implications for China's Unification," China Information, Vol. 9, Nos. 2/3, Winter 1994, pp.24-39.
  • Ting Gong and Feng Chen, "Neo Authoritarian Theory in Mainland China," with Ting Gong, Issues and Studies, (1)1991:84-98.

Book Chapters

  • Xuehui Yang and Feng Chen "Seeking solutions: How Local Governments Handle Collective Labor Disputes", in Handbook on Urban Development in China, Ray Yep, June Wang and Thomas Johnson, eds. Edward Elgar, 2019, pp. 313-328.
  • Feng Chen, "Worker Leaders and Framing Factory-based Resistance," in Popular Protest in China, Kevin O'Brien, ed. Harvard University Press, 2008, pp.88-107.
  • Ting Gong and Feng Chen, "The Rise of Developmentalism Across the Taiwan Strait," in Bin Yu and James Chong eds., Greater China, (Nova Science Publishers, 1996).
  • Ting Gong and Feng Chen, "Institutional Reorganization in China and Its Implications for Decentralization," in H. Jia and Z.M. Lin eds., Changing Center-Local Relations in China in the Reform Period (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994).
  • 陈峰:“生存危机、管理者腐败与中国的劳工抗议,”《两岸社会运动分析》,张茂桂、郑永年主编 (新自然主义出版社,2003年)。

Paper in Chinese

  • 陈峰:“宪政与劳工集体权利:美国的经验与启示”《复旦政治学评论》,二〇一六年,第十六期,74-95页。
  • 陈峰,康怡:“比较政治学如何研究?范例与启示”(与康怡合作) 《比较政治学研究》,二〇一七年,第十期,9-39页。
  • 陈峰:“国家、制度与工人阶级的形成——西方文献评述及其对中国劳工问题研究的意义”, 《社会学研究》, 2009年9月
  • 陈峰:“罢工潮和劳工集体权利的建构”,《二十一世纪》,2011年4月,15-24页。
  • 陈峰:“集体权利的缺位: 中国工人的困境”, 《二十一世纪》,2008年4月,106期,4-12页。
  • 陈峰,公婷:“现代化、稳定和决策”,《政治学研究》 1986年第1期。
  • 陈峰:“政治发展理论评述”,《国外政治学研究》1985年第6期。

Edited Book

  • 陈峰 、 樊富岷 编《中国热点—转型时期的挑战》香港教育图书公司,2008。
  • 李思名、陈峰、邵一鸣 编《持续与变迁:当代中国的政经、社会和空间发展》,香港教育图书公司,2008。

Translation Works

  • 阿•托夫勒 (A. Toffler):《創造一個新文明》(Creating a New Civilization)上海三聯出版社, 1996年。
  • 喬治•斯爾德斯 (George Seldes) :《偉大的思想》(Great Thought)(與公婷合譯) 上海人民出版社, 1992年。
  • 羅伯特•達爾 (Rober Dahl): 《現代政治分析》(Modern Political Analysis) (與王滬寧合譯)上海譯文出版社,1987年。
  • 加佈雷爾•阿爾蒙德 (Gabriel Almond) 《比較政治學》(Comparative Politics) (與曹沛霖、鄭世平、公婷合譯) 上海譯文出版社,1987。