Shaomeng Li teaches at Beijing Normal University and the Central Party School in Beijing, China. He obtained his first Ph.D. in Philosophy from Beijing University and his second from the University of Tennessee. Well educated in Chinese classics and western philosophy, he studies political philosophy with a focus on its historical and cultural background.2009 0-7734-3872-6
This work develops institutionalism into a normative and philosophical theory with the ability to explain the historical development of institutions. It contributes to Rawlsian scholarship by arguing that Rawls’ theory of justice is an institutionalist justification of liberal democracy from the internal perspective of a democratic citizen.