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Meritocracy vs. Electocracy

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Yale Center Beijing wishes to thank the Princeton University Press for its generous donation of books in support of the event.

Time and Location

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Dialogue and Q&A:   7:00-8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong'anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Purchase in advance: RMB 15 for students; RMB 60 for others.
Purchase at the door: RMB 100.

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Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

Daniel A. Bell is the author of Communitarianism and Its Critics; Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context, and The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy, in addition to many other influential books, chapters, and articles. Dr. Bell received his B.A. from the Department of Psychology at McGill University and his M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University. His research interest includes Comparative Political Philosophy, Communitarianism and Confucianism.

Eric Li is a venture capitalist and political scientist. He is the founder of He serves on the board of directors of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He is also a trustee of Fudan University's China Institute. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Global Times and the South China Morning Post. He received his B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley, MBA from Stanford Business School, and PhD in political science from Fudan University.

Noted historian and author Niall Ferguson joined the event as a guest commentator.


The language of the event will be English.

The commentaries made by speakers and members of the audience are strictly off-the-record.


The Speakers

Daniel A. Bell
Professor, Schwarzman Scholars Program, Professor of Philosophy, Tsinghua University; Dean, Faculty of Politics and Public Administration, Shandong University


Eric Li
Venture Capitalist, Political Scientist


Niall Ferguson
Historian, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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