Li Daokui, who was born in 1919, received his master’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1949.
He returned to China and first served as a researcher in the All-China Federation of Trade Unions in Beijing. In 1979, he joined the Institute of World Political Science at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Li won a Luce Foundation scholarship to conduct research at the University of Southern California from 1981 to 1983 on the American political system. During that period he visited the University of Minnesota Libraries and collected material from the Hennepin County Library to be used as primary material for a chapter related to the organization of local government in the book he was writing.
Li’s publications include two major works on American government: “The Structure of American Government and its Personnel System” and “American Government and American Politics.”
Li Daokui was an honorary member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.