Chair Professor, Schwarzman Scholars program, Tsinghua University
Nov 11, 2016
Democracies aim to improve their democratic system while learning from the best of meritocratic practices, and meritocracies aim to improve their meritocratic system while learning from the best of democratic practices. There is no more talk about which system is superior: both political systems recognize each other as morally legitimate even though they are built on different foundations. The United States is the dominant power in the West, China in East Asia, but they strive to cooperate in areas of common concerns.
Jun 16, 2015
Do the meritocratic features of the China model produce more competent leaders than democratic elections in America? In key ways, this seems certainly true.
Feb 24, 2015
The anti-corruption drive -- the longest and most systematic in Chinese history -- is changing the way public officials do business. Any sensible official will now think twice before accepting a bribe.
Jan 23, 2013
In an analysis of China’s political system, Daniel Bell deconstructs competing arguments and suggests that reform should be inspired by democracy at the bottom, meritocracy at the top, with room for experimentation in between.
Nov 14, 2012
Perhaps the most significant improvement within the Chinese Communist Party over the last three of decades has been more emphasis on the selection and promotion of officials with above average intellectual ability, especially at the higher levels of government.
May 05, 2012
The Communist party of China faces a colossal legitimacy crisis. The scandal surrounding Bo Xilai, once a party leadership contender, poses a threat to the regi