Daniel A. Bell

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Daniel A. Bell
Born (1964-05-22) 22 May 1964 (age 59)
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 a Canadian political theorist. He is currently Chair of Political Theory at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.[2] He was previously Dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University and professor at Tsinghua University (Schwarzman College and Department of Philosophy).

Education and career[edit]

Bell was born in Montreal, educated at McGill University and the University of Oxford, has taught in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, 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. In his book The Dean of Shandong he writes about his experience as a dean at Shandong University between 2017 and 2022 and what they say about China.[3]

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 his books[4][5][6] and in comments published in The New York Times,[7] the Financial Times,[8][9] and in regular columns published in The Huffington Post,[10] in Project Syndicate,[11] in The Guardian,[12] as well as the Chinese-language periodical South Reviews (《南风窗》)[13] and a Chinese-language blog site on Caijing (《财经》).[14] He was the recipient of the Huilin Prize in 2018.[citation needed] In his book China's New Confucianism (Chinese: 中国新儒家), he argues that Confucian social hierarchies actually contribute to economic equality in China. He also pointed out that Confucianism influenced how he acts a political theorist and a teacher.[15]


Bell is the author of books including:

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:


  1. ^ Nathan, Andrew J. (2015). "Beijing Bull: The Bogus China Model". The National Interest. No. 140. Washington: Center for the National Interest. pp. 73–81. ISSN 0884-9382. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.law.hku.hk/academic_staff/professor-daniel-bell/
  3. ^ https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691247120/the-dean-of-shandong
  4. ^ Ash, Alec (2023-11-23). "Professor Pangloss Goes to Shandong". China Books Review. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
  5. ^ The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy
  6. ^ The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Comparative Perspective
  7. ^ Daniel A. Bell, "Teaching ‘Western Values’ in China", 2015-4-16;Jiang Qing and Daniel A. Bell, "A Confucian Constitution for China", 2012-7-10;Daniel A. Bell, "Moving Eastward", 2011-2-16;Daniel A. Bell, "Developing China's Soft Power, 2010-9-23;Daniel A. Bell, "The Confucian Party, 2009-5-11
  8. ^ Daniel A. Bell, "In defence of how China picks its leader"
  9. ^ Daniel A. Bell, "Real meaning of the rot at the top of China"
  10. ^ Daniel A. Bell's articles in Huffington Post
  11. ^ Daniel A. Bell's articles in Project Syndicate
  12. ^ Daniel A. Bell's articles in The Guardian
  13. ^ 贝淡宁:“另一种精英治国” Archived 2020-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. South Reviews,2013-10-28;贝淡宁:“中国应该追求更好的制度” Archived 2020-09-30 at the Wayback Machine,南风窗,2011-12-07.
  14. ^ 贝淡宁的博客 Archived 2015-03-29 at the Wayback MachineCaijing Net (财经网)
  15. ^ 贝淡宁. 中国新儒家. Translated by 吴万伟. 上海三联书店 译者: 吴万伟. ISBN 978-7-5426-3363-7.

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