Institutt for sammenliknende politikk
Guest lecture

The Revival of Confucian Communism in China

Confucianism and Communism were both pronounced dead at the end of the twentieth century. But the traditions have mounted remarkable comebacks in mainland China.


Daniel Bell will draw on his book The Dean of Shandong (Princeton University Press, 2023) to help us think about the following questions: What explains the revival of Confucianism and Communism? What are the implications for Chinese society and the political system? 

Daniel A. Bell is Professor, Chair of Political Theory with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He served as Dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University (Qiangdao) from 2017 to 2022. His books include The Dean of Shandong (2023), Just Hierarchy (co-authored with Wang Pei, 2020), The China Model (2015), China’s New Confucianism (2008), Beyond Liberal Democracy (2007), and East Meets West (2000), all published by Princeton University Press. He is translated in 23 languages. In 2018, he was awarded the Huilin Prize and was honored as a “Cultural Leader” by the World Economic Forum.

The guest lecture is organised by the Department of Comparative Politics and the Faculty of Law at UiB.