Author Archives: Peter

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.

Frontiers of Democracy and summer institutes: coming up

Facebook33 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 34The more-or-less final agenda for Frontiers of Democracy 2019 is up. We are oversold. If you want to attend and don’t have a ticket, you can email me to get on the waiting list. The talks on … Continue reading

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how a mixed economy shapes our mentalities

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 6(On my way to London for a small conference on Friedrich Hayek and Elinor and Vincent Ostrom). These are some of the activities that we undertake as we organize social activity in a mixed 21st century economy: … Continue reading

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“the body of us all”: Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay”

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5Anne Carson’s long poem entitled “The Glass Essay” relates how the narrator, having been dumped by her romantic partner, goes home to Canada to visit her mother (a difficult-sounding person–prone to rehashing old criticisms) and her father, … Continue reading

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asking the public to do the reading

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9Buzzfeed’s Tanya Chen assembles lots of tweets and other quotes that analogize Bob Mueller to a frustrated college instructor. The American people are his students. Since we didn’t do the reading, we want him to explain it … Continue reading

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what does the European Green surge mean?

Facebook4 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 6The Greens did very well in the EU elections. One interpretation is that a substantial minority of Europeans are now seriously focused on climate issues and voted Green to promote EU-wide climate policies. But the Greens also … Continue reading

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marginalizing views in a time of polarization

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16I recently posted “marginalizing odious views: a strategy,” which was about a powerful and sometimes valuable tool for self-governance. When communities define specific perspectives as beyond consideration, they uphold norms without needing formal censorship. This is good … Continue reading

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the Civic Studies Wikipedia page

Facebook186 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 187There is a new page on Wikipedia about Civic Studies. It’s not about civic education* but about the developing “interdisciplinary field that empirically investigates civic engagement, civic education, and civil society.” Civic Studies also strives to “influence the social sciences and humanities in … Continue reading

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marginalizing odious views: a strategy

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16If you looked out at the National Mall on any Inauguration Day from 1944 to 2012, you might conclude that Nazism had been effectively marginalized in the USA. The president who was being sworn in might be … Continue reading

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views of abortion by gender

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13I didn’t know how women and men differ in their views of abortion or how opinions have changed over time. So I ran the numbers using American National Election Study data since 1980. Here are the strong … Continue reading

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some notes on receiving tenure

Facebook455 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 456This week, the Tufts Trustees voted to grant me tenure and make me a full professor. I am very grateful to them, the Political Science Department (which is my tenure home), the Tisch College of Civic Life … Continue reading

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