Børge Bakken has worked at Oslo University, Copenhagen University, Harvard, Ludwig Maximillian Munich University, Hong Kong University, and the Australian National University. He has written extensively on sociological and criminological issues in China. Among his books are The Exemplary Society (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Crime and the Chinese Dream (Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming in 2017).
Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party has reinvigorated its attempts to eradicate detrimental ‘Western ideas’. This has resulted in the assertion that civil society is nothing more than a concept, if not a trap set by the West. In practice, however, this effort has led to the emergence of a very different—uncivil—type of society.