Deng Zhenglai was a political scientist and a scholar of jurisprudence and political philosophy. He was a distinguished professor at Fudan University, Shanghai; and also the editor-in-chief of Fudan China Studies and China Social Sciences Quarterly. Often credited with introducing the fundamentalist capitalist thinking of Friedrich Hayek to China, Deng is best known for his devotion to translating the collected works of Hayek, whose ideas reshaped the Chinese intellectual mind in the post-Cultural Revolution Era. Several Chinese websites such as NBWeekly （南都周刊） and Guangming Daily （光明日报） describe Deng as the First ever Independent Self-employed Academic Individual (首位独立学术个体户) in China.
- Deng, Zhenglai. China’s Economy: Rural Reform and Agricultural Development. vol. 1.;1;, World Scientific, Hackensack, NJ;Singapore;, 2009.
- Deng, Zhenglai, and Sujian Guo. Reviving Legitimacy: Lessons for and from China. Lexington Books, Lanham, Md, 2011.
- Deng, Zhenglai. State and Civil Society: The Chinese Perspective. vol. 2;2.;, World Scientific, Hackensack, NJ;London;Singapore;, 2011.
- Deng, Zhenglai. Rethinking Chinese Jurisprudence and Exploring Its Future World Scientific, Singapore: 2014.
- Deng, Zhenglai. “Criticism on the Urbanized Trend of Chinese Law Research.” Frontiers of Law in China, vol. 1, no. 4, 2006, pp. 514-523.
- Deng, Zhenglai. “The Era of Globalization and Chinese jurisprudence—Building the Concept of “subjective China”.” Frontiers of Law in China, vol. 1, no. 2, 2006, pp. 232-248.
- Zhenglai, Deng. “The State of the Field: Political Science and Chinese Political Studies.”Journal of Chinese Political Science, vol. 14, no. 4, 2009, pp. 331-334.
- Zhenglai, Deng, and Ding Yi. “The Logic of the “Tutelary-Style” Monitoring System: An Assessment of State Policies on Social Organisations in the Past 30 Years.” Journal of Chinese Political Science, vol. 18, no. 1, 2013;2012;, pp. 21-40.
Collections (wen ji文集) and Book Chapters
- Deng, Zhenglai, Sujian Guo, and Palgrave Political & International Studies Collection. China’s Search for Good Governance. Palgrave Macmilan, New York, 2011, doi:10.1057/9780230337589.