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Daniel A. Bell

Daniel A. Bell is dean of the school of political science and public administration at Shandong University in Qingdao. His latest book, coauthored with Wang Pei, is Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World (Princeton, 2020).
Articles by Daniel A. Bell

Reforming the Administrative State: A View from China

Size matters. In the case of a state, smaller is usually better. Plato specifies that a state informed by justice and moderation should have 5,040 citizens. Aristotle concurs that a relatively small state, with a maximum of about one thousand households, is more likely to be well governed. It is difficult, if not impossible, to run a state well in large political communities composed of diverse peoples with large class differences. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is famous…

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