RAS Lecture

Cafe Sambal

China’s Political Model: Political Meritocracy, Democracy, or Both?

Speaker: Daniel Bell, Professor of Philosophy Tsinghua University & Schwarzman College, Dean of the School of Political Science & Public Administration Shandong University

Co-Sponsored with China Crossroads

4:00 PM – Doors Open
4:15 PM – Lecture
5:00 PM – Q&A
5:30 PM – Mixer/Dinner

Westerners tend to divide the political world into “good” democracies and “bad” authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category. Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system best described as “political meritocracy.” How do the ideals of politicalmeritocracy set the standard for evaluating political progress (and regress) in China? How can China avoid the disadvantages of political meritocracy? And how can it best be combined with democracy?

Daniel Bell is Dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University and professor at Tsinghua University (Schwarzman College and Department of Philosophy). He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford, has taught in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and has held research fellowships at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values, Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Hebrew University’s Department of Political Science. He is the author of numerous books including The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (2015), The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age (2011) with Avner de-Shalit, China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society (2010), Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context (2006), and East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (2000). He is also the author of Communitarianism and Its Critics (1993). He is the series editor of a translation series by Princeton University Press that aims to translate the most influential and original works of Chinese scholars. He is also the editor of Confucian Political Ethics (2007) and the coeditor of four books including The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in a Comparative Context (2013) with Li Chenyang. He writes widely on Chinese politics and philosophy for the media including the New York Times, Financial times, Global Times, Nanfengchuang, Worldpost, Project Syndicate, and the Guardian. His articles and books have been translated in Chinese and twenty-two other languages.

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