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Just Hierarchy Between Rulers and Citizens: Rule for the People, with the Trust of the People

Speaker: Dean and Professor Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁), Shandong University School of Political Science and Public Administration

Moderator: Prof. Norman Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM (China time)

Location: STL108

Language: English


Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁)

Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁) is dean at the school of political science and public administration at Shandong University in Qingdao. His books include Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the West (Princeton, 2020), co-authored with Wang Pei and The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (Princeton, 2015).


This talk will lay out the theoretical case for justifying political hierarchies between rulers and citizens in large-scale political communities (such as China) that do not use periodic elections to select rulers. I will discuss which abilities and virtues matter for rulers and ask if it is possible to limit abuses of power in a political meritocracy.