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Dr Kun-Chin Lin

Dr Kun-Chin Lin


University Teaching Officer

Gonville and Caius College

Office hours: Mondays 10.00- 12.00pm, or by appointment

Office Phone: 01223 767 262


Dr Kun-Chin Lin joined the Department in 2011 from King's College London where he was a Lecturer at the China Institute, with affiliation with the Department of Political Economy. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained his PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Kun-Chin was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

His research activities focus on the politics of market reform in developing countries, industrial organisation and labour relations, federalism and public goods provision, energy security, transport infrastructure development, foreign direct investment, political risk analysis, and regional and urban-rural distributive issues in the process of urbanisation. He is working on a book on the corporatisation of large Chinese state-owned enterprises into shareholding concerns in the late 1990s, using the case study of national oil and petrochemical companies to examine the political and macroeconomic conditions that enabled a radical reorganisation of the commanding heights, and the ensuing legacy of contentious state-market relations. He has also written on Asia-Pacific regionalism and China’s changing role in international organisations.

Kun-Chin is an editorial board member of Business Politics, a member of the International Advisory Board of Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy Series of Palgrave MacMillan, a member of the Frost Sullivan’s Board of Economic Advisors, and a collaborating partner of the Global Biopolitics Research Group based at King’s College London. He is Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme at The Chatham House.

Research Interests

Comparative politics

Comparative and international political economy

Energy, transport infrastructure, FDI/ODI

Maritime affairs


Industrial policy, corporate governance and regulatory state

China, Asia, rising powers

Key Publications

  • 100 Years after the Chinese Xinhai Revolution: Domestic Change, Challenges, and Continuities. [Co-editor, Jean-Marc Blanchard]. Forthcoming from Palgrave in 2014.
  • “The Local State in Corporate Restructuring: Case Studies of Fractured Bargaining Relations.” [with Shaofeng Chen] Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, forthcoming in 2013.
  • “Contemplating Chinese Foreign Policy: Approaches to the Use of Historical Analysis.” [with Jean-Marc Blanchard] Pacific Focus, Special Issue: Chinese Foreign Policy: The Quest for Power, Security, and Status, Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 145–169, August 2013.
  • “Local Government Fiscal Imperative and Debt-Financing in China” [with He Yang and Tao Ran] in P. Arestis and M. Sawyer, ed., Fiscal and Debt Policies for the Future, International Papers in Political Economy Series. Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming from Palgrave in 2013.
  • “Adapting to the Arab Spring: Chinese Economic Statecraft and the Quest for Stability in the Contemporary Middle East.” [With Rory Miller] ‘Lessons Learnt’ Report for the ‘History of British Intelligence and Security’ research project,” AHRC Public Policy Series No. 7, December 2012. Available at:
  • Transforming China’s Electricity Sector: Institutional Change and Regulation in the Reform Era.” [With Mika Purra] R&R at World Development. Available as Centre for Rising Powers Working Paper Series No. 8, University of Cambridge, July 2012. Available at:
  • “Social Change & Inequality.” [With Tao Ran] Chapter 15 in the Routledge Handbook of China's Governance and Domestic Politics, edited by Christopher Ogden. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Politics and the Market in Twenty-First-Century China: Strategies of Authoritarian Management of State-Society Relations.” Political Studies Review, Vol. 10 Iss. 1, Jan 2012, pp. 73-84.
  • “Governing Chinese National Oil Corporations: From Administrative to Corporate Hierarchy.” In Linda Yueh, ed., Enterprising China: Business, Economics and Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • “Regulating Power without a Five Year Plan: Institutional Changes in the Chinese Power Sector” [with Mika Purra and Hui Lin] in Darryl Jarvis, et al, ed., Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why, and How Do We Know it? Lessons from Asia and Beyond. London: Routledge, 2011.
  • “The Political Economy of Rapid Transport Infrastructure Expansion in China.” Centre for Rising Powers Working Paper Series No. 3, University of Cambridge, January 2012. Available at:
  • “Transforming the Wage Regime in Chinese Oilfields and Refineries: A Network Organizational Analysis.” In S. Kuruvilla, M. Gallagher, and C.K. Lee. ed., From Iron-Rice Bowl to Informalization: Markets, State and Workers in a Changing China. Cornell UniversityPress, 2011.
  • “The Development of Road Networks in China: Miscalculations and Inequalities.” Asie Visions 24. Paris: Centre Asie, Institut Francais des Relations Internationals (IFRI), February 2010. Reprinted with permission in Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, September 2011.
  • Class Formation or Fragmentation? Allegiances and Divisions among Managers and Workers in State-owned Enterprises” in T. Gold, W. Hurst, J. Won, and L. Qiang, ed.,Laid-Off Workers in a Workers' State: Unemployment With Chinese Characteristics. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
  • “Rhetoric or Vision? Chinese Responses to U.S. Unilateralism” in V.K. Aggarwal, M.G. Koo, S. Lee, C.I. Moon, ed., Northeast Asia: Ripe for Integration? Berlin: SpringerVerlag, 2008.
  • “Macroeconomic Disequilibria and Enterprise Reform: Restructuring the Chinese Oil and Petrochemical Industries in the 1990s.” The China Journal, No. 60, July 2008, pp. 49-79.
  • “Local Governmental Effect on Oil and Petrochemical Enterprise Reform in China.” Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL), Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2008. Available online at the Global Energy Law Portal
  • “With Strings Attached? Improving the Administration of Central State-Financed Investment Projects in the PRC.” Asian Journal of Political Science 15(3), December 2007, pp. 319-343.
  • “Symmetry and Asymmetry in Post Cold War Approaches to Trade and Security in thePacific Rim.” [with Paul G. Buchanan] The Association of Asia-Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Special Papers series. Winner of the 2006 APRU Fellows Program (AFP) Collaborative Research Paper Award. Published online on the APRU website:
  • “Disembedding Socialist Firms as a Statist Project: Restructuring the Chinese Oil Industry 1997-2002.” Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History 7(1), March 2006, pp. 59-97.
  • “Finding the Right Chemistry? The U.S. Chemical Industry in Asia.” Business and Politics, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2001, pp. 185-202. Also in Vinod Aggarwal ed., Winning in Asia: US Style. NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.
  • “Strategy without Vision: The U.S. and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation” [with Vinod K. Aggarwal] in Jurgen Roland, Eva Manske, and Werner Draguhn, ed., Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): The First Decade. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002.
  • “APEC as an Institution” [with Vinod K. Aggarwal] in Richard E. Feinberg and Ye Zhao, ed., Assessing APEC's Progress: Trade, Ecotech, and Institutions. Singapore: ISEAS, 2001.