Monthly Archives: May 2003

young elected leaders

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0At the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, I spent the day with a large group of young elected officials: city councilors and state legislators from all over the USA who are under the age of 35. … Continue reading

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the arts in our community

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Today the Democracy Collaborative convened scholars at the University of Maryland and community activists from Prince George’s County to talk about working together. I participated in a session on the arts, which generated numerous concrete, practical ideas … Continue reading

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deliberation in Argentina

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I have just spent a very interesting two days at a conference sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy and the Fundacion Nueva Generacion Argentina on the subject of "Deliberative Democracy: Principles and Cases." Essentially, … Continue reading

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public work and multiculturalism

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here is a somewhat different way of analyzing the campus battles over "great books" versus "multiculturalism" or "diversity." Participants can be sorted into groups depending on what kind of works they think should be available or required … Continue reading

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Brian Barry on inequality

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Brian Barry spoke at Maryland on Friday, making a good old-fashioned case for economic equality. He cited the following statistics as evidence that we do not have much social mobility in the US: If you are a … Continue reading

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online privacy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I have just published a new article on "information privacy." "Information Technology and the Social Construction of Information Privacy: Comment," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Volume 22, Issue 3, May-June 2003, Pages 281-285) The abstract says: … Continue reading

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public work in the private sector

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0When I spoke a few weeks ago at Berkeley, Philip Selznick made an interesting point about the value of commercial firms that are not profit-maximizers. As he noted, the genteel old publishing houses needed to cover their … Continue reading

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legacy preferences

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0At a seminar today, some colleagues and I discussed Senator John Edwards’ proposal to eliminate the preference for "legacies" (children of alumni) in college admissions. Some people are saying that legacy preferences are on the same footing … Continue reading

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why Dante damned Francesca da Rimini

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I looked at statistics for this site recently and was surprised to see that the most popular search terms that take people here include "Dante," "Paolo," "Francesca," and "Inferno." I am surprised because I think of myself … Continue reading

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on praising one’s own children

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I like to say nice things about other people, in their presence and also behind their backs. Yet I try not to say overly nice things about myself. Praising others makes me feel good (and often comes … Continue reading

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