Monthly Archives: January 2005

Carothers on democracy-promotion

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0It appears that voting has gone very well in Iraq. I take this from the Guardian and Le Monde as well as the US media. Michael Ignatieff is right that we should celebrate free elections in Iraq, mourn those … Continue reading

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the murder of Marlowe

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0In the Milwaukee airport (which has a used-book store!), I recently bought Charles Nicholl’s The Reckoning. This is a careful effort to solve the murder of Christopher Marlowe in 1593. Most people think that Marlowe, Shakespeare’s rival, died in … Continue reading

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Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I just met a group of Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy who are looking for research projects on political participation (for their poli.-sci. seminar). Most of them will look at big data sets like the National Election Study … Continue reading

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diversity on campus

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Last December, some colleagues and I held focus groups for 66 undergraduates at the University of Maryland. I thought their views of campus diversity were interesting and would generalize to other institutions.

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high school reform

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I don’t know as much about high school reform as I should, but I am picking up the following ideas. First, over the next five years or so, high schools will be the topic of the most interesting debates … Continue reading

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strategy, for intellectuals

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0In a comment on last Thursday’s post, Michael Weiksner argues that political theorists employ a “high risk/high return” strategy for social change. They develop comprehensive, sometimes radical arguments that can be used in public debates. Mostly, such arguments have … Continue reading

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ending tyranny in our world

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0It’s easy to criticize the man who gave the Inaugural Address yesterday?for his hypocrisy in not promoting human rights and freedom in allied countries that happen to be tyrannies, for his incompetence in the effort to develop democracy in … Continue reading

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political theory and me

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0(Warning: the following is probably self-indulgent, because it?s my effort to define my own scholarly career in contrast to other people?s. Please skip ruthlessly if you find this uninteresting.) I have become a regular reader of Left2Right, a group … Continue reading

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a blog just for civic education

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Readers of this site know that I often discuss “civic education,” broadly defined–all our efforts to prepare the next generation for democratic self-government. In the narrower (but crucial) domain of formal, pre-college civic education, an important force is the … Continue reading

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restoring trust

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Instead of writing something for this blog today, I’ve contributed a fairly long post to a “symposium” on Rich Harwood’s website. My topic is why and how George Bush should begin to restore public trust. You are also invited … Continue reading

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