Daniel A. Bell

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Daniel A. Bell
Born (1964-05-22) 22 May 1964 (age 56)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Academic background
Alma mater
Doctoral advisorDavid Miller
InfluencesCharles Taylor[1]
Academic work
DisciplinePolitical science
Websitedanielabell.com Edit this at Wikidata

Daniel A. Bell (Chinese: 贝淡宁; born 22 May 1964) 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 has put forward his views in favour of China's political meritocracy and against one person one vote as a mode of selection for political leaders in two books[2][3] and in comments published in The New York Times,[4] the Financial Times,[5][6] and in regular columns published in The Huffington Post,[7] in Project Syndicate,[8] in The Guardian,[9] as well as the Chinese-language periodical South Reviews (《南风窗》)[10] and a Chinese-language blog site on Caijing (《财经》).[11] He was the recipient of the Huilin Prize in 2018.[citation needed]


Bell is the author of books including:

  • The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2015. ISBN 9781400865505.
  • The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age [co-authored with Avner de-Shalit], Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN 9780691151441.
  • China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society, Princeton University Press, 2010. ISBN 9781400834822.
  • Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context, Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781400827466.
  • East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia, Princeton University Press, 2000. ISBN 9781400823550.
  • Towards Liberal Democracy in Pacific Asia [co-authored with David Brown, Kanishka Jayasuriya, and David Martin Jones], Palgrave Macmillan, 1995. ISBN 9780333613993.
  • Communitarianism and Its Critics, Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN 9780198279228.

He is the series editor of a translation series by Princeton University Press that aims to translate the original works of Chinese scholars:

He is also the editor of Confucian Political Ethics (Princeton University Press) and the co-editor of six books:


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